Wall Street Journal is
Research In Motion is expected to unveil its new tablet
dubbed the "Blackpad," at a conference in San Francisco
next week. Previously unreported, though, is the fact that the tablet
will come equipped with a brand new operating system built by QNX
Software Systems instead of BlackBerry 6 OS.
was bought by RIM earlier this year in what analysts called a step to
revamp its proprietary OS, which is struggling
against competitors like Android and iOS. The BlackBerry
maker has struggled to convince developers to create applications for
its devices, while Google and Apple have made apps the cornerstone of
their respective platforms. According to WSJ,
QNX will eventually implement its software in the BlackBerry line as
who've worked with QNX's operating system say it's a worthy
competitor to Apple's and Google's platforms, and could go a long way
toward addressing complaints that RIM's devices are slow, unstable
and hard to program for," WSJ writes.
did not reveal many details about the BlackPad. We know that it will
boast a 7-inch touchscreen and at least one, possibly two, cameras.
It will be Bluetooth and broadband compatible, but will require a
tethered BlackBerry to connect to cellular networks, WSJ said.
Carrier possibilities or restrictions have not been announced.
previously noted that RIM's tablet could hit stores before
year's end. According to the new WSJ report,
the BlackPad is on schedule to see a Q4 release.
is just one of a number of manufacturers jumping into the tablet
market -- all aiming to capture some of the
impressive sales of Apple's iPad. The competition is quickly
getting stiffer, with Samsung echoing its strategy for the Galaxy S
line, by announcing that its Samsung Tab will be
available on all four major U.S. carriers.
brief Android news, Droid-Life is
the Droid X official update to 2.2 "Froyo" will be
available today at 12 p.m. EST. The update will begin rolling out
intermittently, but if you can't wait to receive it, you can simply
pull the update to the device. Simply visit "Settings>About>System
Updates" and check for available updates.