Long time readers know what I think of analyst projections but the latest has my interest perked. Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek claims that we may see a hybrid BlackBerry OS that runs the kernel on QNX with the BlackBerry OS running on top of it. He claims this is because of a memory ceiling of 256 MB of RAM with the current BlackBerry OS.
I have heard of this memory ceiling a few times but have never been able to get a solid answer from RIM. From what I understand even though devices like the BlackBerry Torch have 512MB of “RAM” that is really just the storage RAM like EPPROM while there is the actual RAM like SDRAM which acts like your PC RAM when programs are running. I heard some rumors that RIM found a way around this limitation but it might be that QNX is the solution.
Once again there is nothing more than speculation backing this one up but if the upcoming Storm 3, Torch 2, Bold Touch, and Next Gen Curve sport a QNX kernel that would be awesome! I just want them to finally kill the hourglass!