BlackBerry has no plans for a follow-up to the BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry has no plans for a follow-up to the BlackBerry PlayBook
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, in Australia for the coming launch there of the BlackBerry Z10, took some to discuss the BlackBerry PlayBook. In a way, the new BlackBerry 10 OS owes a lot to the PlayBook as the slate was released running the QNX OS which evolved into BlackBerry 10. But that doesn't mean that a follow-up to the tablet is on the way.

While the executive did admit that the Canadian based OEM is working on some projects to see how a new tablet might work, Heins said BlackBerry would have to add some value to the slate before releasing another one. He called the hardware side of the tablet market cutthroat and very difficult although he praised Apple, which he didn't mention by name, for doing tablets well enough to grab a majority of the market.

The BlackBerry PlayBook has not sold well, and it should be pointed out that it was the brainchild of the previous two-headed management at BlackBerry. Inexplicably, it was launched without a native calendar app and even more disturbing for a company that prides itself on doing email better than the other mobile firms, it launched without a native email application.

With reports swirling that Apple is in the process of building a smartwatch, Heins said that if the market calls for such a device, he would have one built. "And if I need to build a watch, I'll do it," stated Heins. "I don't know yet."

source: HeraldSun via BGR

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11 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

They should've make a new gen PlayBook, BB will be a big hit if they make that.

2. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

The playbook was horribly over priced at $499.99 when it launched. But when it dropped to $199.99 it sold like hot cakes.

3. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Got mine for $199.99 at Best Buy. Hoping they update it to BB10 soon.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

They will, you just have to wait. :)

11. qazwsx

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I wouldn't get too excited ; the playbook has only 1GB of ram, BB10 requires 2GB minnimum to be smooth

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

It's a great device except browsing the Web is slower than on my Lumia 920. I'm hoping they fix that with BB10 though. Then I'd actually use it more.

6. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

The d**k Tracy watch is not wanted, much like the google glasses. Gimmicks.. You still need a phone to drive them or the headset.. neither are form factors anyone outside a hipster will want.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Given the amount of Iphones sold, I'd say the hipster market's pretty big.

7. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

BB should not go there, at least not yet. It needs a win in the form of a successful launch before diversifying its efforts.

8. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

so theres a chance we wont get BB10 on the Playbook? :/

10. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I grab de 64GB for 199 & enjoy using it via HDMI on my 47" LED using my Bold 9900 as a remote. It's sweet, high res & nice. I'm an Android Fanboy, but use Blackberry to play around!

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