If you’ve gotten your hands on the Blackberry PlayBook, you must have disappointed with the news that the 2.0 update was delayed, since it was expected to support the Blackberry Messenger. However, the Telegram reports that the update will roll out on February of 2012. Unfortunately, it will not support RIM’s popular mobile instant messaging service.
According to the Telegraph, RIM’s Senior Vice President, David Smith, said, “As much as we’d love to have it in your hands today, we’ve made the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end-users.”
He added, “We are committed to developing a seamless BBM solution that fully delivers on the powerful, push-based messaging capabilities recognized today by BlackBerry users around the world and we’re still working on it.”
In other words, Blackberry Messenger support will not be included in the 2.0 OS update for the PlayBook. This is unfortunate since the BBM is the most popular feature Blackberry devices have to offer. This is also one of the reasons why the tablet failed to compete with known tablets in the market such as the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
After the BBM outage, being sued, delaying the update, and not having BBM support for the Blackberry PlayBook, it looks like RIM’s headaches are far from over.