BlackBerries to get PlayBook interface?
It's not that we don't like BlackBerry's OS interface, in fact we do appreciate its utilitarian approach to looks, but we have to admit we would like to see some more juice and flavor as we are about to see on the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie implied that this is about to happen in the near future at the Web 2.0 Summit.
He did not give a detailed timeline and the PlayBook is coming out in Q1 of next year so we will have to wait to see this happen. The 'professional tablet' will feature the QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS as opposed to all other handsets powered by the BlackBerry OS. It will have a hard time attracting developers but it does look attractive with a card multitasking switcher a la WebOS and of course many familiar elements from BlackBerry OS 6.
However, RIM's market share hit a downward slope in the last months and this could put the Canadians back on their feet. In any case, for the time being the only thing we could do is anticipate.
source: Yahoo! News
1. Gawain (Posts: 352; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
One of the differentiating factors with Blackberry devices are the literally thousands of themes you can incorporate into them, changing the interface dramatically in some cases, especially for the Storm series. I don't see such products available for any Android powered device (short of Motorola's MOTOBLUR or HTC's gentle touches to Android) or iOS.
2. Droid X Doug (unregistered)
"It will have a hard time attracting developers...." If so, then it will have a hard time gaining market share.
I wonder if RIM will still be around in 5 years? I doubt they will be in the top 5 for handset sales.