At BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 yesterday, Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled BlackBerry BBX, its next generation mobile platform.
The new platform combines the best of BlackBerry and the best of QNX to connect people, devices, content and services.
For developers, the BBX platform will include BBX-OS, and will support BlackBerry cloud services and development environments for both HTML5 and native developers.
The BBX platform will also support applications developed using any of the tools available today for the BlackBerry PlayBook – including Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5, as well as the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps – on future BBX-based tablets and smartphones.
“With nearly 5 million BlackBerry apps downloaded daily, our customers have made BlackBerry one of the most profitable platforms for developers,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM.
BBX will also include the new BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for advanced graphics (shown for the first time today), and bring “Super App” capabilities to enable many advanced capabilities including deep integration between apps, always-on Push services, the BBM™ Social Platform, and much more.
In addition, RIM announced a series of developer tool updates, including WebWorks for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets, the Native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook and a developer beta of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with support for running Android applications.
At the event, RIM also provided direction for developers on how to best develop and monetize their BlackBerry applications for today and for the future.
“At DevCon today, we’re giving developers the tools they need to build richer applications and we’re providing direction on how to best develop their smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our next generation BBX platform,” Lazaridis added.