RIM hasn’t been all to hush-hush about QNX making its way to be the next generation BlackBerry OS. Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO and founder, has said they’d be bringing QNX to a phone once dual-core was implementable without sacrificing battery life. Carlo Chiarello, RIM VP of GSM/UMTS, has confirmed this as well with some additional information, by saying:
“That [QNX] experience is going to start to come in to our high tier products. I can’t tell you when; I’m not allowed to. But it’s absolutely part and parcel of what we’re working on now.
“I can tell you that it’s going to come in to the higher tier value propositions first. It’ll probably come into an all-touch first, more than likely… but I can’t tell you timings specifically. But it looks marvelous!”
With no specified launch date for QNX, we’re at least happy to hear they have working prototypes in the mix. RIM has been dragging their feet a bit with releasing necessary devices to stick with the competition. We don’t doubt it will more than likely take RIM closer to mid-2012 to launch a QNX powered device. But, we hope and pray it is much sooner, for RIM’s sake.