BlackBerry Tablet to Run Army Tank Operating System
The BlackBerry tablet, rumored to be called the BlackPad, has always sounded just a bit unusual, and the latest news about it is no different. The BlackPad will reportedly forgo any current mobile operating system in favor of technology found in BMW cars and the Army's Crusher tank.
According to three unnamed sources for Bloomberg, BlackBerry maker RIM will not be using its new BlackBerry 6 operating system in its upcoming tablet. It was also rumored the BlackPad would run the popular Android operating system, but that also appears to be untrue.
Instead, the sources claim, RIM will use software from QNX Software Systems, a company RIM recently purchased, to make the operating system for the BlackPad. QNX software is already used to control BMW audio systems and the Army's Crusher tank.
One of the biggest problems RIM will face in selling a tablet is making it stand out in the coming flood of tablets . A previously unseen operating system would do the trick nicely. And RIM could also solicit apps for the BlackPad from independent developers who already make applications for QNX systems.
Unfortunately, we have little to compare QNX to because QNX systems are basically unknown in mobile devices.