As 2012 draws near on the horizon, RIM will soon make a monumental change. This impending change will mark the end of the traditional java-based BlackBerry OS and usher in QNX as the new platform for phones and other devices. The java-based OS’ required carrier testing before getting approved and later pushed to BlackBerry customers. This has caused serious delays in the release of OS packages and even devices (supposed reason for BlackBerry 7 delay). With QNX, RIM has sought to end this vexatious problem.
RIM was able to split the QNX OS within itself to separate the network stack. Thus, carriers do not have to evaluate the entire OS package itself. The network stack is also exchangeable, and only a change with the network stack would cause the carrier to re-evaluate the OS package. Consumers should then be able to receive critical updates as soon as RIM is ready to release them. By ridding themselves of the middle-man, RIM should generate more efficiency and consumer satisfaction.
Updates to the QNX OS will also likely have a standard of Over-The-Air (OTA) for devices across the board. We have seen this already being used for updating the BlackBerry PlayBook. It should then be painless for consumers to quickly update their QNX BlackBerry ‘Superphone’. Essentially, breaking users free from the need of BlackBerry Desktop Manager. What other features would you like to see implemented in QNX?