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Four Key BlackBerry DevCon Announcements--and What They Mean to You

Research in Motion (RIM) is holding its fourth annual BlackBerry Developer Conference (DevCon) this week in San Francisco. Though today is only day two of the three-day event, the BlackBerry-maker has already made a number of significant announcements that are sure to please both RIM developers and BlackBerry users.

Keep reading for a quick breakdown of RIM's four most notable announcements, along with explanations of what the news means for BlackBerry developers, as well as RIM smartphone and PlayBook tablet owners.

BlackBerry OS + QNX = BBX--RIM's Next Generation BlackBerry Platform

"BlackBerry BBX" is RIM's next generation mobile platform, and different versions of BBX will run on both BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

"BBX-OS" is an entirely new handheld OS, built on a new foundation from QNX Systems, which RIM acquired last year. The software will look and feel similar to the current BlackBerry Tablet OS--also built on QNX code--that runs on RIM's PlayBook tablet, but it will be tailored for smaller, smartphone displays.

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