Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More troubles for RIM

Research in Motion's senior VP for Blackberry Playbook wrote on his blog yesterday that the software update to its tablet has been delayed until Feb 2012. BB Tablet users had hoped to see the update come through in October/November and this news is going to be disappointing for them.

This is a major issue for RIM as Apple and Android are rolling out iOS5 and Ice Cream Sandwich to their tablets much before RIM's OS 2.0. BlackBerry PlayBook lacks native e-mail, calendar, and messaging. In order for users to send out e-mails from the device, they need to have a BlackBerry smartphone connected to the tablet. PlayBook OS 2.0 is an integral component in RIM's strategy if it wants to even come close to establishing a foothold in the tablet space, since it will bring native e-mail, calendar, and contact apps to the device.

In his blog, David also mentioned that they have decided to defer the inclusion of BBM in their next Playbook OS release. If you are in the market to buy a playbook keep in mind you will still need a Blackberry phone in order to access emails and BBM on your tablet.

It makes me wonder if RIM will be able to retain the few thousand (less then 500,000) customers who have already bought the Playbook.

Source: CNET


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