In Ribbon In The Sky, Stevie Wonder sang, “This is not a coincidence, And for more than a lucky chance …”
That is what I’m thinking right now after learning that Google and Research In Motion (RIM) have announced new versions of their mobile operating systems, on the same day. I do not think it was choreographed, but it’s kinda unusual to have two companies, competing in the same space, release competing products on the same day.
RIM’s BlackBerry BBX, as it is called, was announced at the company’s BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 in San Francisco, CA USA. BBX is intended for use on smartphones, tablet computers, and other devices. You can read the details here.
Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (yummy), is the latest release of the Linux-based mobile OS by Google. According to the announcement:
Android 4.0 builds on the things people love most about Android — efficient multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep interactivity — and adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing. It includes many great features for users, including social and sharing integration, network data usage control, innovative connectivity and camera options, and an updated set of standard apps.
You may watch the accompanying video below and read more about the new Android 4.0 here.