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RIM Delays Launch Of PlayBook Update

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Things see to be going fro bad to worse for RIM as it has confirmed that its update BlackBerry PlayBook software won’t arrive until net February – and even then it won’t have BBM support.

It was only just over a week ago that RIM revealed its plans for PlayBook OS 2.0, however despite developers who attended its BlackBerry DevCon getting PlayBooks pre-loaded with the new software, us mere mortals will have to wait until next February before we get the updated OS.

When it does finally arrive, it will bring with it native email support, a feature which really should have been supported from the start, but will not include BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and RIM has not given a timeline as to when this might be supported.

“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,” RIM senior vice president David Smith said in a blog post Tuesday.

Initially RIM said the OS update to support native email and other features would be available within 60 days of launch, before pushing it back to the summer and then this month.

Of course, this further delay will only add to the woes of RIM after the service outage which affected millions of customers across five continents.

Under-fire Co-CEO of RIM, Mike Lazaridis, announcing PlayBook OS 2.0 just last week.


Whether or not RIM manage to meet this latest deadline is possibly irrelevant as by then the tablet world will have moved on, and the iPad 3 will be just around the corner and Ice Cream Sandwich devices should be arriving in stores.

Source: Inside BlackBerry

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