Last April, RIM acquired software developer, QNX Software Systems from Harman International Industries Inc. for the mere cost of $200 million. Are we finally going to reap the rewards of RIM's acquisition? QNX provides technology for BMW audio, Vehicle Navigation systems and the U.S. Army's Crusher Tank.
Crusher Tank you ask? QNX's Neutrino Software, runs on a computer to navigate the Six wheeled, unmanned Army vehicle. Sorry, no missile systems or laser beams to be loaded on the BlackPad at this time. Although QNX systems are used in weapons, nuclear power plants and cardiac monitors.
Does this mean a brand new Operating System is being developed for the BlackPad? What?! Didn't RIM just release its fresh, new OS6 software on the Torch a week ago? Well, according to a RIM insider, it would be much easier and faster for QNX to design a brand new OS, due to the legacy software code included in BlackBerry phones. Is something stupendous coming down the road for a post OS6 release for BlackBerry Smartphones?
RIM will be trying to capitalize on it's strengths in the Smartphone Industry in developing the software for the BlackPad. Using similar security for messaging and closely integrating it with BlackBerry e-mail. It's planned to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity but will not be able to connect to a cellular network. Are you waiting to get your hands on a non-phone BlackBerry?
Considering a majority of news outlets have descriptions of the Torch's recent release as mediocre and uneventful, will a Tablet from RIM help to boost their slumping consumer market? RIM has done Business phones and done them extremely well since the beginning, but in the consumer based market, numbers have not been "Rimarkable".