Now that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is official on available for purchase, there are only a few other rumored BlackBerry devices left to guess speculate about, the most interesting of them being a BlackBerry Tablet or “BlackPad”. We’ve heard rumors where it will be 7 inches with dual cameras for video conferencing and Flash support, might launch in November of this year, and RIM even bought BlackPad.com.
We’ve also heard the BlackPad might be manufactured by Quanta and have a special version of the BlackBerry 6 OS but according to new reports, QNX Software Systems might be building RIM’s tablet its very own operating system:
QNX, with headquarters in Ottawa, has customers in the automotive, industrial, medical, and communications industries. Its software helps control the music, media and navigation systems in cars such as those from Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and Porsche SE, according to its Web site. The technology is also used in cardiac monitoring systems, nuclear power plants and weapons systems.
RIM is opting to use the QNX operating system to run the BlackPad over the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, which is used in the company’s Torch smartphone. RIM called the launch of the Torch and BlackBerry 6, which includes advanced touch-screen and Web browsing technology, “one of the most significant” in its history.
The three people familiar with RIM’s plans did not know the specific reasons for the decision, though one person said it may have been simpler and faster to use QNX because the BlackBerry 6 includes legacy software code from older BlackBerry phones.
It will be interesting to see how this works out for RIM since it’ll be a big move for them. Hopefully the $200 million investment was well spent and will show in the tablet’s unique OS.