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Research In Motion (RIM) has confirmed that the uber sleek QNX operating system that powers its newly announced PlayBook tablet will eventually replace the BlackBerry OS that currently runs on its smartphone range.

However, the move will not take place until at least another iteration of the BlackBerry OS, a RIM Vice President revealed to IntoMobile.

He said that BlackBerry OS 7 would be "stepping stone to a full switch" to QNX in future BlackBerry devices, suggesting that the company is not quite ready to sacrifice the custom-built platform.

QNX was unveiled to attendees at the annual BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco yesterday. Its striking resemblances to Palm’s webOS have drawn positive reaction from the press.

The BlackBerry PlayBook will be the first device to run the new operating system and is expected to reach the market in Europe in Q2 2010.

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