RIM touts BlackBerry PlayBook OS: Better late than never?

RIM touts BlackBerry PlayBook OS: Better late than never?

Summary: At CES, RIM will preview its PlayBook 2.0 OS. Will anyone notice?


Research in Motion plans to use the Consumer Electronics Show to highlight its BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 operating system. The OS, due in February, comes as the company's future and strategy are increasingly called into question.

RIM indicated that it will hit its PlayBook OS 2.0 release timeline. At its booth at CES, RIM will highlight:

  • A new inbox;
  • Multi-tasking in email.
  • Rich-text email.
  • A calendar that aggregates social sites and contacts.
  • BlackBerry Bridge will allow for smartphone documents and content to be viewed on the PlayBook.

The big question here is whether this OS is too little too late. If RIM is going to become anything in the tablet market---business or consumer---it'll need the new PlayBook OS and native messaging.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Mobility, BlackBerry, Security

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  • Larry writes another article bashing RIM, will anyone notice?


    • RE: RIM touts BlackBerry PlayBook OS: Better late than never?

      Bashing RIM right now is hip and trendy, but they sold 50 million Blackberry handsets in 2011, which hardly sounds like a company on the brink of collapse, but....you know....the people talking about RIM failing are the same ones who told everybody that Enron was sound and that their stock was a 'must buy' right up until the last moment before its collapse.
      Doctor Demento
  • It is never too late

    Larry said:
    [quote]The big question here is whether this OS is too little too late.[/quote]

    Since things constantly change unpredictably, it is never too late to do the right thing.

    Want proof? Just look at [b]Apple on the verge of bankruptcy in 1997[/b]. And [b]Microsoft bailout of Apple.[/b]

    Just Google it and read all about it. Now look where they are.

    So if what goes up must come down; does that mean what comes down must go up?

    Well if it didn't work that way, there would be no stock markets possible and no commissions paid to brokers regardless of buy or sell...

    Hm, now the stock market game become a bit more clear eh?


    Is Apple losing its cool factor?

    Posted by: CNN Anchor and Correspondent, Richard Quest

    London (CNN) ??? Shock! Horror! Crisis! Apple???s iPhone was not the top selling phone at Christmas ??? Samsung???s Galaxy S II was. Can this be? What has gone wrong? Surely some mistake?
    Apple users believe they have seen the light and are messianic about the company. Everyone else thinks the Appleites have drunk the Kool-Aid, probably need therapy and gleefully look forward to when the Apple empire???s cool veneer starts to wear thin.
    By now Appleites are frothing and ready to hit their MacBook Air keys to put me down. Well go ahead ??? but never forget Apple fell from grace once before. There is no immutable law that says it can???t happen again.[/quote]

    Oh, were there ever stock market crashes in past history? Anyone? Anyone??

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  • So Larry, why don't you report on interesting things

    Instead of just being an Apple mouthpiece, putting down Anything But Apple (ABA) and also ruining your career, reputation and credibility as a journalist in the process by appearing biased?

    Things such as:
    QNX CAR 2 application platform to be showcased at CES, ???scheduled for general availability in mid-2012?
    By Ian Hardy on January 9, 2012 at 9:41am in CES 2012, Mobile News

    RIM acquired QNX Software Systems back in April of 2010 and integrated their OS into the BlackBerry PlayBook. In addition, QNX is a huge player in the automotive and ???infotainment market???. A press release just went out stating they???ll be showcasing the latest version of the QNX CAR app. QNX has pimped out a Porsche Carrera and will display ???how one-touch Bluetooth pairing using Near Field Communications (NFC) eliminates the hassle of pairing the driver???s phone to the car. And experience how conversational voice recognition and in-vehicle controls enable drivers to use the car???s infotainment system easily and conveniently???. That sounds promising. This ???cloud-connected concept car??? will have front and rear BlackBerry PlayBooks and feature the apps Vlingo, Poynt, Weather Network app, Internet radio from Pandora, NoBex, Slacker, and TuneIn.

    Probably the best news in the press release is the demo of the QNX CAR 2 application platform, something the company says ???is scheduled for general availability in mid-2012?. This works off HTML5 and ???will help enable automakers to keep their vehicles fresh with new content, address consumer demands for the latest mobile apps, and leverage a huge developer community???.

    How???d like to bet that RIM has signed a deal with a car manufacturer ??? say Ford, Chrysler or GM ??? that will make the BlackBerry PlayBook the hub of the car. So you???ll eventually use your PlayBook for maps/navigation, clock, stereo, TV/Video, etc??? This would give RIM a much needed bump and new revenue stream, especially if it???s "scheduled for general availability in mid-2012".

    Or report on this:
    Please Google [b]Playbook Ice Cream YouTube[/b]
    and see the video demonstrating the ability of the Playbook at running all three versions of apps for Android, in the developer preview of QNX 2.0?

    What that's not interesting to ZDNet readers? Who do you work for?

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  • RE: RIM touts BlackBerry PlayBook OS: Better late than never?

    All I can say is that my son has been and is still a Mac freak since he was five (he??s now 19) and he loves the playbook. I??ve used mine since July and with a Huawei mobile wifi I can go to flea markets or used Book Stores and if i find something interesting I can go into the internet (I need a full browser) and research whatever I??m interested in. I??ve also been a Mac user since 1988
  • RE: RIM touts BlackBerry PlayBook OS: Better late than never?

    There are 3 Playbooks in our family, and we love them