The book on the PlayBook

RIM's tablet PC sports new operating system

Research in Motion's PlayBook will run a new operating system designed specifically for tablet computers.

The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built using technology from QNX Neutrino and will be able to run Adobe Flash 10.1, Adobe Mobile Air and HTML 5.

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QNX has a reputation for stable embedding of Flash, something that Android cannot claim and Apple refuses to integrate. RIM bought QNX in 2008 specifically to help develop the Playbook.

The PlayBook also will integrate with BlackBerry smart phones through a new product called BlackBerry Bridge that will enable information sharing between devices.

So far, the company has not talked about reverse-engineering the tablet operating system for its smart phones, but that is something it might look at in the future.

“The two devices are sort of securely paired to satisfy the needs of the corporations,” said David Heit, director of product strategy at Research in Motion. “So you could be looking at your corporate e-mail, and you have an intelligent rich view on your Playbook where you can interact with that content.”

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Dan Rowinski is a staff reporter covering communications technologies.

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