The BlackBerry platform is perhaps best known for its native support for the corporate communication environment, which allows complete wireless activation and synchronization of email, calendar, tasks, notes, and contacts.
Currently deployed versions include the BlackBerry Device Software v5.0, the BlackBerry 6 OS, and the BlackBerry 7 OS.
BlackBerry 10 OS is a QNX-based operating system, similar to the one found on RIM’s Playbook tablet. It will replace the BlackBerry OS on smartphones and tablets in 2013. Details are yet to be disclosed.
Updates to the operating system may be automatically available from wireless carriers that support the BlackBerry over the air software loading (OTASL) service.
Third-party developers can write software using the available BlackBerry API classes, although applications that make use of certain functionality must be digitally signed.
Research from June 2011, indicated that approximately 45% of mobile developers were using the platform at the time of publication.
BlackBerry OS was discontinued after the release of BlackBerry 10 in January 2013; however, support for the older OS continued until the end of 2013
BlackBerry Playbook OS – definition
The BlackBerry Playbook OS was developed by Research in Motion (RIM) for its Playbook tablet. It was based on the QNX Neutrino real-time operating system designed to run Adobe AIR and BlackBerry WebWorks applications.
The OS has been received really well by reviewers worldwide despite the lacking features in the original release. Later on, most of these have been added and the OS even got a native Android app launcher (though app support is rather limited).
The Playbook OS is no considered an evolutionary dead-end as no new generation of tablets have been released by RIM.
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