If you have ever wondered if the computer in your car can talk to the computer in your hand, your smartphone, the answer is, "Yes.". In fact, Research In Motion did something similar recently with their new BB10. They put it into a sleek black Porsche convertible. The Blackberry World Congress in Florida was the place of the packed conference room where Thorsten Hein, the chief executive officer of Research In Motion, showed the world a cute little European convertible with Blackberry software inside.
The revelation shows that Blackberry software has matured since their buyout of QNX Software Systems two years back. The purchase was for the QNX Neutrino "real time operating system" that has now been renamed BB10. The QNX software runs trains, medical equipment, nuclear power stations and other cars. Audi has had QNX Infotainment systems since at least two years ago. Now that QNX Neutrino belongs to Research In Motion, their smartphones will be running the same mobile operating system.
Research In Motion has taken a hit in market share thanks to their decision to buy QNX. They were number one with a smartphone two years ago. Now they trail both Android and Apple handsets. This new way to interact with other devices was obviously planned by them to be able to compete with Apple and other larger companies. Apple has televisions coming out soon. Research In Motion will be able to do this as well, but better, since the software architecture they are using is superior to both Android and iOS ( Apple ) products. The BB10 software is adaptable enough to be able to run Android apps, making anyone with an Android powered smartphone a target.
The difference is that BB10 has such a small software footprint that the performance on a Blackberry handset will be much better than other smartphones. BB10 is a "real time operating system" ( RTOS ) that is light and reliable, just what mobile users want. Upcoming smartphones from Research In Motion will be able to talk to the user's car, the refrigerator, the television or any device. All the second device needs is the embedded BB10 software, a link, and a processor. QNX has done this already for years. Now the interconnectivity of devices will be able to Surround users with their own personal digital realm. Thorsten Hein says that BB10 is, "much more than a smartphone operating system". Look for the results soon as Research In Motion put their software into more and more devices.