BB10 Interview With the QNX Boss of BlackBerry OS

In 2010, Research in Motion acquired QNX to help develop its next generation software platform. At the BlackBerry Experience worldwide yesterday, BlackBerry -- the new name for RIM -- showed all the hard work and progress made since QNX's contributions to the Playbook tablet.

We had the chance to speak with Sebastien Marineau, senior vice president for BlackBerry OS, to discuss the following topics:

  • Hardware vs. software keyboards
  • Keyboard shortcuts for the Q10
  • In-house apps
  • Application development
  • BlackBerry 10 for Playbook
  • Future additions to BB10
     

We also got a confirmation that the maps application was custom developed for BlackBerry 10 by TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), while the maps, points of interest and traffic data is from TomTom.

BlackBerry 10 OS Interview

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Read the full live blog here from the BlackBerry Experience

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  • edlivian
    Not trying to troll, but this would have been great 2 years ago. it is a little too late to get people to switch when they are already entrenched in other platforms. For example, I will not repurchase apps that I already bought for myself on android, and for my wife on iOS.

    Why was RIM soo stubborn, they could have gotten the same look and function by skinning android and adding a hardware encryption and it would have been released 2 years ago. it boggles my mind how long it took to get this out. And then have the audacity to ask all the android devs to just do a straight port of their apps. If you wanted android apps, you should skinned android and be done with it.
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  • dthx
    It looks like a sweet system and many enterprises have waited for that. Even so late, many of the enterprises who waited will probably find that this is a better fit than any iOS or Android system (management tools, etc...).
    Still, what a waste of time... imagine if this had come one year earlier ! Now they've lost so many customers already, I hope they can recover quickly, this product is their last chance !
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  • AndrewMD
    edlivianNot trying to troll, but this would have been great 2 years ago. it is a little too late to get people to switch when they are already entrenched in other platforms. For example, I will not repurchase apps that I already bought for myself on android, and for my wife on iOS.Why was RIM soo stubborn, they could have gotten the same look and function by skinning android and adding a hardware encryption and it would have been released 2 years ago. it boggles my mind how long it took to get this out. And then have the audacity to ask all the android devs to just do a straight port of their apps. If you wanted android apps, you should skinned android and be done with it.


    Yes, it should have been released 2 years ago, heck, it should have been released a year ago, but reality is, it has finally been released.

    As far as using Android with a skin, no thank you. In most cases they probably thought about it but found it was too much of a mess and liability to modify it. Considering Amazon was able to modify Android to their needs, the time it took would have resulted in a similar timeline release.

    Now, how does the unit function? From online demo videos compared to the latest and greatest Androids, it is solid and quick!

    Here is hoping Google makes some major changes to Android, otherwise people will start leaving it for three other good platforms.
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