RIM built a completely new operating system for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, basing it on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. This means RIM intends the BlackBerry Tablet OS to be secure and stable like the company’s smartphones, as evident by the fact that QNX OS technology is also found in space stations and in-car systems.
This is not to suggest the BlackBerry Tablet OS is all business. In fact, RIM has marketed its tablet as both functional and fun, stressing gaming and video performance in addition to enterprise-level security and encryption.
Like the other operating systems on the list, the BlackBerry Tablet OS is open for app developers, who are expected to continue RIM’s tradition of catering to the business user with productivity applications and a few time-killers to boot.
RIM is walking the fine line between enterprise and consumer tablet with its BlackBerry PlayBook. Is the business-friendly tablet still fun and useful for consumers, or is it a tweener that both user types should avoid?
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