Research In Motion's BlackBerry Dakota will launch with BlackBerry OS 6.1, according to rumors. That suggests the company's plan to port the PlayBook tablet's QNX-based operating system to smartphones is still far in the future.
RIM's 7-inch PlayBook will be the vanguard of an aggressive strategy to bolster the company's position in the mobile space, where it faces fierce competition from the likes of Google Android and Apple's iOS. Instead of porting the recently developed BlackBerry OS 6 onto the tablets, however, RIM made the decision to craft an all-new operating system from software assets acquired during its April 2010 takeover of QNX Software Systems from Harman International.
Images purportedly of the BlackBerry Dakota, combining a physical QWERTY keyboard with a touch-screen, have circulated around the Web for several quarters. On Jan. 13, the blog Boy Genius Report offered an "exclusive" photo of the smartphone, along with a full specs breakdown. In addition to a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of built-in storage, 2.8-inch VGA capacitive touch-screen, 3G mobile hotspot, and proximity sensor, the report claimed the Dakota would launch with "BlackBerry OS 6.1."
For more, read the eWeek article: RIM's BlackBerry Dakota Will Run OS 6.1, Not PlayBook OS: Report.