BlackBerry Unveils New Operating System

But details are sketchy as it tries to fend off Apple and Android
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2011 6:23 PM CDT
Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of Research in Motion.   (Eric Risberg)
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(Newser) – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion unveiled a new operating system today in hopes of grabbing some attention away from the iPhone and Android phones. The new BBX system combines existing BlackBerry elements with RIM's previously announced QNX operating system for phones and tablet computers. RIM said BBX will incorporate the reliability and security features of QNX, which RIM snagged in 2010 by purchasing QNX Software Systems. It will also enable software developers to create more advanced, dynamic apps for the devices.

The Canadian company gave few details about the software and did not say when devices using it would be available. The company previously said that it would offer phones running QNX software in 2012. RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis also addressed the service outages that frustrated tens of millions of BlackBerry users last week. He said the company restored service as quickly as possible and is working on figuring out the causes and "making this right" for BlackBerry users worldwide. (In addition to those free apps being offered.)

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