BlackBerry Tablet OS is an operating system from BlackBerry Ltd based on the QNX Neutrino real-time operating system designed to run Adobe AIR and BlackBerry WebWorks applications, currently available for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is the first tablet running an operating system from QNX (now a subsidiary of RIM[3]).

BlackBerry Tablet OS
DeveloperBlackBerry Limited
OS familyQNX (Unix-like)
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelClosed source, some open source components
Initial releaseApril 19, 2011
Latest release
WiFi (March 31, 2014; 10 years ago (2014-03-31)) [±][1]

LTE (March 31, 2014; 10 years ago (2014-03-31)) [±][1]
Latest preview2.1.0.840[2] / August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)
Marketing targetConsumer and Business
Available inMultilingual
Update methodOTA
PlatformsBlackBerry Playbook (ARM)
Kernel typeReal Time Microkernel (QNX)
Preceded bynone
Succeeded byAndroid
Support status

BlackBerry Tablet OS supports standard BlackBerry Java applications. Support for Android apps has also been announced, through sandbox "app players" which can be ported by developers or installed through sideloading by users.[4][5] A BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Development Kit, to develop native applications with the GNU toolchain is currently in closed beta testing. The first device to run BlackBerry Tablet OS was the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer.[6]

A similar QNX-based operating system, known as BlackBerry 10, replaced the long-standing BlackBerry OS on handsets after version 7.[7]

See also



  1. ^ a b "BlackBerry PlayBook Gets OS – Updates Adobe Air, Flash Player". N4BB. March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  2. ^ BlackBerry PlayBook OS for developers now available
  3. ^ QNX announces it will be a subsidiary of RIM
  4. ^ RIM to add Android app compatibility to QNX PlayBook tablet? Archived August 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ RIM Said to Plan PlayBook Software to Run Google Apps
  6. ^ RIM Unveils The BlackBerry PlayBook, official press release, September 27, 2010
  7. ^ RIM VP reconfirms QNX phones, TechRadar