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Playbook to get second major OS dose: BB 10 OS

With a recent comment from RIM, it seems like that the Playbook will receive the BlackBerry 10 OS update soon after its release

It seems like Research in Motion is really trying hard to put their Playbook in a respectable position in the Tablet market. Although it has a history of poor sales reports RIM are not ready to ready to give up on the Blackberry Playbook.

And to boost some sales now RIM has decided to upgrade the 7inch tablet with their latest Blackberry 10 OS. The Blackberry 10 OS has been long awaited by some of the consumers, and if doesn’t delays its release, it will be the second major update for the Playbook in 2012.

According to Rob Orr, RIM’s VP of product management, the first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and after some point of time after the launch, they will bring the updates for the Playbook.

Recently in February, RIM has released the PlayBook 2.0 software adding native email, calendar and contacts applications to the tablet as well as a slightly revamped interface. According to reports from the company about 50 percent of the PlayBook owners updated their device with the update on the very first day of the release of the update. It is also mentioned that the rate of the updates since has been much higher than what it sees in the smartphone space.

Earlier RIM was to release the Blackberry 10 in early 2012, but was being delayed. It is based on QNX, much like the current Playbook software, however the interface and design is still mostly unknown. RIM seems to be very optimistic about their new OS and is expected to speed up sales of the smartphone as well as the tablet industry, which is currently being dominated by Android and iOS


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-03-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)