"Though it will have Wi-Fi technology to connect to the Internet wherever 'Wi-Fi 'hot-spots' are available, users will also be able to connect wirelessly to their mobile phone with Bluetooth technology and then to the Internet, according to the sources. "
Toronto, Aug 20 - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion - will pack its soon-to-be-launched iPad with a unique software technology currently being used in navigating the powerful Crusher combat vehicle by the US Army.

The iPad will likely be called BlackPad as RIM has already registered the domain name of blackpad.com for it.

It is expected to be unveiled by November when other major players such as Motorola, Samsung and Hewlett-Packard are also likely to release their tablets.

Though RIM has not yet revealed the new technology which will distinguish its tablet computer from Apple's iPad, reports say the BlackBerry iPad will run on software developed by QNX Software Systems.

RIM acquired this Ottawa-based software company for $200 million in April to have exclusive access to its software technology for its tablet. By buying QNX Software Systems, RIM has also brought on board independent software developers who develop applications exclusively for QNX. Since RIM is way behind Apple in offering applications on its devices, QNX's technology is a major boost for the Canadian wireless giant.

The QNX software technology powers not only the six-wheeled unmanned Crusher combat vehicle of the US Army but the music, media and navigation systems in cars from BMW and Porsche.

RIM has also reportedly decided to run the iPad on the QNX operating system rather than the BlackBerry 6 operating system which it unveiled just last month along with the BlackBerry Torch 9800, sources told the local Toronto Star newspaper.

According to these sources, the reason for RIM opting for the QNX operating system is that the BlackBerry 6 operating system carries legacy software from older BlackBerry devices - which is not needed in the first-generation BlackPad.

The BlackPad has also been designed to capitalize on RIM's strength with corporate customers, particularly with e-mail service, the sources familiar with RIM told the paper.

The tablet will be closely integrated with the BlackBerry's e-mail system and will have similar security for messaging, the sources said.

Though it will have Wi-Fi technology to connect to the Internet wherever 'Wi-Fi 'hot-spots' are available, users will also be able to connect wirelessly to their mobile phone with Bluetooth technology and then to the Internet, according to the sources.

With Apple's iPhone 4 and Google Android smart phones outselling its devices in the last quarter, the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 failing to generate a huge response, many countries, including India, threatening to ban its devices, and its stock falling, RIM is under pressure to make a bold statement about its future course action. The launch of the iPad will be its first such statement.


comments powered by Disqus
Read more on:
 INDIA (136901 views)
 MOBILE PHONE (15081 views)
 TORONTO (16513 views)
 BLACK (15711 views)
 APRIL (14601 views)
 RESEARCH (16031 views)
 GOOGLE (6161 views)
 BMW (3940 views)
 OPERATING SYSTEM (3770 views)
 RESEARCH IN MOTION (3424 views)
 MOTOROLA (3085 views)
 STAR NEWS (3061 views)
 INTERNET (8361 views)
 NAVIGATION SYSTEM (2269 views)
 OPERA (6711 views)
 BLACKBERRY (3368 views)
 TORONTO STAR (2000 views)
 IPHONE (3471 views)
 BLUETOOTH (1697 views)
 SECURITY (10951 views)
 GOOG (2441 views)
 DOMAIN NAME (1081 views)
 PORSCHE (1191 views)
 DEVI (4971 views)
 RTS (6171 views)
 TORCH (1811 views)
 SAMSUNG (1401 views)
 APPLE (2701 views)
 ANDROID (1468 views)
 SOFTWARE SYSTEMS (261 views)
 
PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:253500333456
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.

STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for Americas
 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.
 

All rights reserved for the news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.