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BlackBerry introduces new BBX system


Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of Research in Motion gives the keynote address at the Blackberry DevCon Americas conference in San Francisco, Tuesday.

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SAN FRANCISCO — BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled a new operating system Tuesday in hopes of grabbing some attention away from the iPhone and Android phones.

The new BBX system mixes existing BlackBerry elements with RIM’s QNX operating system for phones and tablet computers.

RIM said BBX will incorporate the reliability and security features of QNX — which RIM snagged in 2010 by purchasing QNX Software Systems. It will also enable software developers to create more advanced apps for the devices.

The Canadian firm gave few details about the software and did not say when devices using it would be available. The company has said that it would offer phones running QNX software in 2012.

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis introduced BBX yesterday at the firm’s annual developer conference in San Francisco.

He spoke briefly about the service outages that frustrated tens of millions of BlackBerry users last week. He said the company is working on figuring out the causes and “making this right” for BlackBerry users worldwide. On Monday, BlackBerry offered more than $100 worth of free software to each one and gave some a month of technical support.

RIM, once dominant in smart phones with its secure BlackBerry email service, has been losing ground to offerings such as Apple Inc.’s iPhone and smartphones running Google Inc.’s Android software.

RIM has sold 165 million BlackBerrys through August. Apple had sold 129 million iPhones as of June, but its device has been on the market for a much shorter amount of time.

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