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RIM has finally released the long awaited major updated the Blackberry Playbook OS to include two services that have been long discussed and much anticipated: integrated email support and Android app availability.
PlayBook OS 2.0 allows users to enjoy native calendar, messaging and e-mail apps. The new e-mail app also includes an extended unified function, integrating not only multiple e-mail accounts as well as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter messages.
Social integration also extends to the new calendar app that integrates information from social networks in addition to standard work and More >
Following Research In Motion’s performance in the second quarter, the company promised to drop prices for its BlackBerry PlayBook in an effort to boost sales. The company has indeed dropped the price for the tablet by about $200 but the discount is said to be only temporary. The deal is available now for all versions of the PlayBook, including the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models and is offered by by Office Depot and Staples until October 1.
Mike Abramsky, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director believes that RIM has sold approximately 250,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets to date. In a note to investors recently, the analyst points to channel checks in stating PlayBook sales have remained steady since the device’s launch on April 19th. If these estimates are accurate, RIM’s PlayBook is already outselling Motorola’s flagship HoneyComb tablet, the XOOM, which managed to sell 250,000 units in its first two months of availability.
Abramsky belives RIM could move roughly around 500,000 units during RIM’s first fiscal quarter, though we More >
It’s been rumored on and off for a few weeks now, but today RIM finally confirmed that its upcoming PlayBook tablet which runs a new QNX operating system will support both Blackberry AppWorld Apps as well as those originally designed for the Android platform.
According to RIM, Android developers will not be able to just run their apps straight off the bat, however. Instead they will have to repackage, re-sign and submit their apps to the BlackBerry App World, which is not a huge obstacle.
What this means for the PlayBook is a potentially huge number of apps coming to the new and upcoming More >
Apple’s share of the tablet market may take another hit next month as Research in Motion readies it’s answer to the iPad 2. On April 19th, the makers of the BlackBerry smartphone will introduce (to both the US and Canada) the long-awaited PlayBook tablet through major retailers like Best Buy, which similarly offers first and second generation iPads.
RIM is currently promoting the PlayBook as the first ever “professional grade” tablet computer. RIM is striking in its promotional material, the company is not looking to best Apple in terms of pricing. In fact, the PlayBook starts at $499 for More >
Even though Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs has mentioned several times that a smaller form factor of the their tablet is not planned, reports are persisting otherwise. The latest rumors are saying that instead of a small iPad, the new 5 to 7 inch device might in fact be a large iPhone, sized to compete with not only small competitor tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook but also larger smartphones like the Dell Streak.
The Concord Security analyst who was formerly with the Taiwanese publication Digitimes – Ming Chi Kuo – recently told AppleInsider that Apple is looking More >
A series of leaked internal slides from RIM have revealed details surrounding various OEM BlackbBerry PlayBook accessories. While the authenticity of the slides obtained by the enthusiast blog Fommy hasn’t been confirmed, they may give us our first glimpse as a variety of OEM accessories for the BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as pricing details and some projected availability dates. The slides show a variety o cases ranging in price from a $29.99 neoprene sleeve to a %59.99 book-style leather binder. The slides also indicate a $49 BlackBerry music gateway, a $99 Bluetooth keyboard and a More >
Today RIM launched their Built For BlackBerry Program, a new initiative that brings RIM together with select market-leading brands in the development of accessories and peripherals. It is built for BlackBerry products are specifically designed to work with Blackberry smartphones and BlackBerry’s soon to release PlayBook tablet. The program offers technical, strategic, and marketing support, which allows members to complement the BlackBerry portfolio with “exciting accessories.”
RIM’s new Built for Blackberry program aims to make sure that verified and approved third party manufacturing More >
Just in time for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), RIM is showing off the BlackBerry PlayBook again, this time with a deeper dive into the web browser. You can check out the video below to watch Matthew from the web browser group at RIM really put the PlayBook’s browser to use. In the video he views content in both HTML5 and Adobe Flash, logs into Facebook (the full Facebook), and even plays flash games on the web. Overall, it’s looking to be a really compelling experience.
Multimedia, games, and social networking were all shown in the video and they seemed to be pretty fluid. If RIM can More >
The excitement is building with CES 2011 only a few days away, much of the excitement is due to the new crop of tablets that are anticipated to be announced and shown off. The tablet hype started last with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer displaying the HP Slate, a Windows 7 based tablet. This paved the way for a bunch of other Windows 7 based tablets from other big name players in the industry. But unfortunately none of the promised devices ever saw the light of day. The Slate did finally make it to the market but in a form design for a specific niche as corporate centric product. While all this More >