RIM Unveils Next-Generation BlackBerry BBX Operating System

Research in Motion Ltd. on Tuesday unveiled a new operating system, dubbed BBX, that it plans to power its next-generation BlackBerry smartphones and other mobile devices — a linchpin of its attempt to strike back at surging competition from Apple Inc. and Google Inc.

But on the first of a three-day developer conference here, the company disappointed some of the developers it was hoping to woo by not demonstrating the system on a prototype smartphone. RIM executives also didn’t provide many details about how the platform would be implemented on its next line of smartphones, nor did they give a more specific time frame for when those new phones are expected to reach stores. Initially, RIM has signaled the phones will be launched early next year.

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