After the major announcement by BlackBerry yesterday which showed us the beautiful Z10 smartphone, it was only a matter of time we thought till the company has some words to share about the fate of its tablets too (you know, the ones which were known as the PlayBook). These 7-inch tablets were originally launched in 2011 with enough criticism to deem it a complete failure. But last year, the company launched the PlayBook 2.0 update which substantially improved the usability and brought forth some new features as well. Currently, BlackBerry PlayBooks are running on version 2.1 of the PlayBook OS also known as the BlackBerry Tablet OS. And it seems like the Canadians aren’t done with the tablet just yet as its CEO Thorsten Heins has just made a rather interesting statement by mentioning that the newly launched BB10 OS will be rolled out to existing versions of the BlackBerry PlayBook.
This is terrific news for the users of the now extinct tablet, as none of us expected to hear this come out of the company. The CEO gave away this info at a Q&A session shortly after the announcement of the Z10. He however didn’t mention the exact roll out date of the update, which could mean it is still months away. Whilst answering these questions, he also clarified that the new BlackBerry Z10 comes with a removable battery and shed light on the availability of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone as well. It is to be seen if the smaller RAM capacity compared to the Z10 smartphones (1GB as compared to 2GB) won’t be a hindrance for PlayBook tablets.
The CEO however, didn’t quite give out info about the company’s future course of action with regards to its tablet line. It was believed that the company is launching a 10-inch PlayBook tablet, but sadly there’s no clarification on that yet. Heins said – “We are looking for specific value added services on top of the tablet“. He said it isn’t quite profitable to sell just hardware and that they want to sell services along with the tablet. Not sure what he meant by that, but I’m sure we’ll know in the coming days.
The PlayBook basically has a Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE variant in three storage capacities, so it’s easier for BlackBerry to roll out the said update. This tablet has certain similarities with the BlackBerry 10 OS and that’s because both are based heavily on QNX. As of now though, it pretty much seems like the company has halted its tablet ambitions and is focusing strictly on the Z10 and the Q10 smartphones.
Via: Phone Arena