Research In Motion Ltd. is turning to technology used in BMW navigation systems as it tries to distinguish its new tablet computer from Apple Inc.’s iPad, said three people familiar with the plans.
The yet-to-be-announced tablet will run on software developed by QNX Software Systems, which RIM bought from Harman International Industries for $200 million in April, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public.
RIM is opting to use the QNX operating system to run the BlackPad instead of the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, which is used in the company’s Torch smartphone. RIM called the introduction of the Torch and BlackBerry 6, which includes advanced touch-screen and Web browsing technology, “one of the most significant” in its history.
The three people familiar with RIM’s plans didn’t know the specific reasons for the decision, though one person said it may have been simpler and faster to use QNX because the BlackBerry 6 includes legacy software code from older BlackBerry phones.