RIM Delays Launch Of PlayBook Update

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


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