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BlackBerry PlayBook to get native BBM and BlackBerry 10 next month?

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BlackBerry PlayBook to get native BBM and BlackBerry 10 next month?
The BlackBerry PlayBook, despite its warts, has some neat features to it. Its QNX based, gesture centric user experience is quite fluid and intuitive. From the tablet’s launch however there were some justifiable major gripes, such as no native contact or calendar functionality. There was also no native BlackBerry Messenger.

Even after the updates to OS 2 earlier this year, there is still no native support for BBM. For that, you have to use BlackBerry Bridge and use BBM on your PlayBook through your handheld device. BlackBerry Bridge is a pretty nice set-up, and the recent updates have finally brought a measure of parity to other tablets, but we can be honest and say that the PlayBook does not command any meaningful amount of mindshare nowadays, and BlackBerry Bridge required that you own a BlackBerry handset.

With all eyes on RIM and its introduction of BlackBerry 10 on January 30th, there has not been a whole lot of attention paid to the PlayBook. Indeed the questions that are being asked though are valid, will the PlayBook continue? Will the PlayBook get a version of BlackBerry 10? Will the PlayBook ever support BBM by itself?

Well, the answers to those questions may be forthcoming even before RIM’s announcement next month. Word has it that the PlayBook will get BlackBerry 10, possibly a couple weeks ahead of the announcement on January 30th. Along with that update, it is expected that the PlayBook will also finally support BlackBerry Messenger.

Knowing that some companies do not always follow what we would consider linear thought, it does make sense to keep the PlayBook up-to-date. Just as Apple, Microsoft and Google are unifying the OS experience, RIM would have to do the same to keep the PlayBook viable. Of course, we expect that the PlayBook would still be able to handle apps written for Android too. We will keep an eye out to learn more, but if it turns out to be correct, there are all sorts of PlayBooks available at great prices right now.

source: BBOta.cn via BerryReview

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posted on 26 Dec 2012, 23:26

1. bovcrx (Posts: 83; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

They better or I'm jumping ship to WP8

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 04:13

2. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

Although these are great News for Playbook, it is too late.
The ship has almost sunk.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 11:42

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

GO BB!! I really don't want to see them to go out of the business :/ I played with their BB Playbook before, and think it has great concept and smooth OS. However, it's hard to use since it's all gesture base and no basic buttons. That's a big no no for general public. A wide acceptable device needs to be easy for anyone who just picks up and use it. PLEASE PLEASE BB, don't give up!!

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 19:40

4. marchels14 (unregistered)

Its end of February and those fu*king idiots haven't released the update to bb10 im getting bored, if its not out by the start of summer then im jumping to android or windows and selling this sh*t.

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