Since the day RIM had announced the QNX based BlackBerry OS BBX, there was a lot of speculation that RIM will do some concrete changes in the platform. Well ladies and gentlemen, it just did those changes.
The existing Java based apps for the current BlackBerry OS would not be supported on the BBX, it being “something divine”.
Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of developer relations and ecosystem development quoted in his blog
…we decided against supporting BlackBerry Java on BlackBerry BBX…
…the performance delivered would ultimately not satisfy us, our development community, or our customers as the platform continues to evolve.
Just like Nokia gave a “lollipop” to it’s irate customers, who were rioting over Symbian, that the company would continue to produce more Symbian devices, RIM too said something similar on the fate of BlackBerry Java and the current BlackBerry OS.
…there are more BlackBerry 7 smartphones yet to come and our customer base will not switch overnight to BlackBerry BBX smartphones; both platforms will co-exist for some time.