We all knew this day was coming. Right when the BlackBerry PlayBook was first revealed to the world with its QNX-based operating system, we knew that this was the future of RIM. And now, the QNX framework is indeed making its way to smartphone-sized proportions in the form of the BlackBerry Colt in the first quarter of 2012.
Set for release in the first quarter of next year, the phone itself isn’t exactly a huge departure from the Curves, Tours, and Bolds we’ve seeing for some time. You still get a hardware QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad, but it’s the miniaturized version of the PlayBook’s OS that is the real star. The phone version is pretty much the same, only smaller… which is kind of the reverse of what Apple did with iOS for the iPad.
Since RIM is apparently having so much trouble getting the BES code to support QNX, it’s quite possible that the Canadian company is creating a QNX-specific BES. In the meantime, though, the BlackBerry Colt may not support BES at all. Does this make it dead on arrival? Maybe, maybe not. You can use Microsoft ActiveSync out of the box though.
So, where do you stand? Are you going to grab something from the BlackBerry 7 line or are you going to wait out for some QNX-based first-gen goodness next year?