New BlackBerry 7 OS promises improved performance but no Android apps Flash

Research In Motion's (NASDAQ: RIMM) upcoming BlackBerry 7 operating system for smartphones won't include several of the key features that were added to RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, a RIM executive said during the company's annual BlackBerry World event.
RIM's vice president of handheld software product management, Andrew Bocking, said smartphones running the new OS will not support Android applications. The PlayBook launched last month with two optional "app players" that provide a runtime environment for BlackBerry Java applications as well as apps running Android 2.3.
Flash also isn't included in the BlackBerry 7 plan as RIM is putting its focus on the new QNX OS to support Flash content in the web browser. The upcoming BlackBerry 7-based Bold 9900's 1.2 GHz processor is supposed to fulfill Adobe's hardware requirements for Flash support, noted.
Bocking also said that BlackBerry 7 will not be backward-compatible with previous BlackBerry smartphones. This new OS runs solely on dual-core devices, and the existing RIM portfolio does not include any dual-core units.
BlackBerry 7 smartphones are expected to go on sale this summer and they promise improved performance and built-in support for Near Field Communications technology. BlackBerry 7 powers the new Liquid Graphics touchscreen, which touts faster, smoother performance for touch-based navigation, web browsing, pictures, video and graphics-intensive gaming. According to RIM, Liquid Graphics offers up to 60 frames-per-second performance with instant UI action/response. In addition to Liquid Graphics performance gains, the new BlackBerry 7 browser includes a new just in time JavaScript compiler to improve web page load time speeds alongside support for additional HTML5 elements.
The other new features are voice-activated search and BlackBerry Balance, which separates personal content from corporate content on the smartphone.
It's not known exactly when the PlayBook's QNX OS will run on smartphones, but Al Hilwa, program director of applications development software with IDC, said it's clear that the OS will come to smartphones in the next year.
"Major platform transitions take time and what the Playbook launch shows, if anything beyond a really capable piece of hardware, is that rushing devices to market before they are baked doesn't help anybody," he said. "RIM should take its time to bring out QNX phones incrementally and with the right capabilities. The Playbook rollout has been a tough software experiment, but it is an experiment that will help the QNX phones be that much more robust when they come."


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