After a worldwide outage of their service, leaving many users more or less stranded, and the subsequent offer of $100 free in premium apps
, RIM revealed BBX at the BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 in San Francisco during their General Session Keynote, as reported by their developer blog.
BBX will be made available for BlackBerry smartphones as well as their tablets and will support HTML5, Adobe Air, Native C/C++ and BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps. All apps currently being developed for BlackBerry devices will be optimized for BBX, RIM cited at the keynote.
A few key features of the operating system include, according to Engadget
: over 100 open-source libraries, a newly revamped graphics framework dubbed Cascade UI, and support for BlackBerry cloud services. Cascade UI will mean the ability of supporting 3D apps BlackBerry devices and a smoother frame rate for games.
The keynote also highlighted revenue for app developers and download rates of apps on BlackBerry. CNET cited
, "13 percent of BlackBerry developers have made more than $100,000, compared with 1 percent of iOS developers who made more than $1,000."
Much like Apple and Google have services which cater specifically to developers, RIM also announced a similar set of services and tools called BlackBerry Jam.
All of this comes at a crucial time for RIM, as their stock and popularity as the top smartphone provider continue to dive and competitors Apple and Google continue to eat away at their market share. Stock prices for the Canadian based company fell 60 percent within the year, however, their emerging market revenue did increase from $1.69 billion to $2.33 billion according to Forbes