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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.
If you’re one of the people who own a Blackberry Playbook, you might be itching to get your hands on the Android App Player scheduled to roll out this summer. However, if you can’t stand waiting anymore, you can now get the unofficial Android App Player for the tablet.
The Blackberry Playbook is scheduled to get a Blackberry Phone app player and the Android App Player on a later date this 2011. Aside from being a bit unstable, it’s a bit tricky to install.
Here are the instructions from BlackberryRocks.com:
“First you’ll need to have the BlackBerry Java Runtime Environment installed. Then you’ll need to download the .BAR file for the Android Player (quick, before RIM takes it down!). After that, you’ll need to get DDPB installer to sideload .BAR files (and others, if you’re interested in trying something else later). Then you’ll need to put your Playbook into developer mode from the options menu. After you give it a password to use, tap the new icon at the top to find your Playbook’s IP address, punch that into the DDPB installer once your Playbook’s plugged in via USB, and you should be set to install the .BAR. It’ll take a little while to load, as well as boot up for the first time, but once it has, you’ll see a mostly-blank screen. Swipe down from the top to pull up the menu, and you can change the view to see all installed files. Voila!”
Before you go out and try this, you have to understand that this is unofficial software for the tablet. Try it at your own risk.