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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.
RIM will be updating its Blackberry PlayBook to run Android apps. The Canadian phone giant Research In Motion hopes that this update will make their tablet more alluring to the consumer. Rumor has it, RIM will also be dropping the tablet’s price to make it even more attractive to potential buyers, which proved to be an effective way to make a profit by HP with its discontinued TouchPad.
According to reports, the update will be rolling out to the PlayBook via OTA update within October. This will bring native email, contacts apps, calendar apps, and the much awaited Android app player.
If this is true, then RIM would have solved its tablet’s problem of having a poor selection of apps in its app offering. PlayBook users can now make use of Android apps in the Android Market. They will no longer be limited to apps in the Blackberry App world.
Aside from being able to run Android apps, the Blackberry video store is also under development. This will offer 10,000 movies upon launch.
The PlayBook’s sales were less than promising. On the company’s earnings report, it was revealed that RIM’s earnings fell by 15% compared to last quarter’s earnings. According to the report, only 200,000 tablets were shipped to retailers. This means that Playbook sales may have been less.
With store shelves excessively packed with PlayBooks, does RIM have any strategy in mind to help make the tablets sell? According to Wall Street Journal, RIM will be dropping its tablet’s price just like what HP did with its discontinued TouchPad.
Will you be attracted to a much cheaper Android app-running Blackberry PlayBook, or would you rather look the other way? Give us your thoughts.
On Blackberry’s official Twitter account and Facebook page, they announced that they would be launching a new smartphone today. It will be optimized for social networks and it will be running on the new Blackberry 7 OS.
With this big announcement, what new handset or refresh should we expect? It could be the Blackberry Storm 3. This smartphone will come packed with a 1.2 GHz single-core processor, 8 GB of built-in memory, and a screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels on a 3.7 inch display, which will be the highest resolution ever on a Blackberry handset.
It is also a possibility that this new smartphone will be the refresh of the Blackberry Torch the Torch 2. Although the specs of the smartphone have not been officially released, we’re pretty sure it will sport a touch screen and a similar slide out QWERTY keyboard. RIM’s future flagship is rumored to come with a display with a resolution of 480 x 640 pixels, a 5 MP camera, and a 1.2 GHz single-core processor.
Another possibility is the Blackberry Curve Touch. This all-touch Blackberry handset will be a more affordable version of the Storm. It will come with a 3.3 inch touch screen, a 5 MP camera, and an 800 MHz single-core processor.
Are we to see one of these handsets, or does RIM have another smartphone in mind? Let us know what you think.