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BlackBerry is considering a PlayBook tablet follow-up

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BlackBerry is considering a PlayBook tablet follow-up
BlackBerry has a long way to go to be competitive in the smartphone world, and new CEO John Chen has said that the company will focus more on server enterprise software in order to regain its footing. But, that doesn't mean the company isn't also looking into other hardware form factors. BlackBerry is apparently open to making a follow-up to the ill-received PlayBook tablet.

Pocket-lint spoke with BlackBerry's vice-president of global product management, Francois Mahieu, at MWC this week, and Mahieu did admit that the company would consider making another tablet. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as though there are any immediate plans to do so anytime soon. Mahieu said about the tablet:

When we launched PlayBook, beyond the fact that everybody knows that PlayBook was no a huge success, everybody loved it. I wouldn't be surprised if we have a meeting one day and I show you a tablet. We have equity in that space, but we're not ready. We need more time.

That is vague wording to contend with in that statement, but the ultimate message is pretty simple: BlackBerry is definitely not going to be showing off a tablet in the near future. 

source: Pocket-lint

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:09

1. megaSUNNY (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)

it's so late to do anything BB.pity on you.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 12:47

8. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

How about adding play store in playbook? Will be less hassel than sideloading apks

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:13 1

2. domfonusr (Posts: 584; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

Sure, I guess some people liked the Playbook, but I don't think "everybody loved it". The OS on the original Playbook wasn't ready for prime-time, but now that their QNX base has developed into BlackBerry 10, it shouldn't be out of the question. It would now support things like a calendar, and email independent of another BlackBerry device, so it would have many of the basic and important features that the Playbook once lacked. They will need to really make a compelling tablet in order to cast off the old reputation they had from the Playbook.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:57

9. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2115; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

I guess you've never owned one since PIM apps have been around since they released OS 2.0. But don't let that get in the way of your "facts".

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:27

10. domfonusr (Posts: 584; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

I understand... hence the statement "once lacked." The lack of PIM features on the Playbook at launch certainly had an effect on its sales early on, and although Playbook OS 2 added these, it still didn't get that 'lacking' taste out of everyone's mouths.

On a more positive note, BlackBerry 10 is set up to be a much better contender out of the gate, should BlackBerry consider another tablet launch. Yes, Playbook OS was also QNX-based like BB10, but BB10 is much more mature and finished. I would like to see BlackBerry succeed at hanging on to some marketshare, and survive.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:17

3. lucid.brat (unregistered)

Its good time to bring tablet bt BB price will matters a lot in this case and I think u should consider on low budget or mid range tablets

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:18 4

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

And "promise" a future update and drop all support months after? No thanks.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:45 1

5. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

I bought a Playbook and thought it was a good device. Now I think it's a doorstop because the browser sucks and it isn't always stable. They pretty turned their back on the consumers by promising an update to BB10 and then shunned the device. I'd be a fool to buy Playbook 2.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:43

12. Lauticol (Posts: 376; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

I have a Playbook too! Last time I turned it on was last year in July!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:52 1

6. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)

The "old guard" at BlackBerry released a product that wasn't quite ready when the PlayBook debuted. It wasn't an awful product, but there was much room for improvement. Hopefully, with the new management team on board, we will one day in the future see a new BlackBerry PlayBook that is ready for prime time.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 12:43 2

7. imkyle (Posts: 1087; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Lets see how about updating your first one?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:34

11. isprobi (Posts: 699; Member since: 30 May 2011)

I like my Playbook and still use it over my Windows 7 tablet when I want something light and easy to carry. The web browser is still better than what I see on Andrid in most cases. And being able to run multiple applications each in its own window is very nice. If they released a new one with more RAM and faster CPU running BB10 I would probably buy it for around $300.

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