RIM delays Blackberry Playbook OS update

Research in Motion has had one crappy month and it got worse on Tuesday. The company confirmed in a blog post on its official web site that the planned release of the 2.0 OS update for its Blackberry Playbook tablet won't be released by the end of the year. Instead, RIM is now targeting a February 2012 timeline for the OS 2.0 launch.

That's yet another case of bad news for a company that just doesn't need it at the moment. RIM is already smarting with the online issues that crippled many of the features of its Blackberry smartphones for a few days earlier this month. RIM has offered Blackberry users a number of free apps to download as compensation.

Then there's the launch of the iPhone 4S, which may be causing lots of Blackberry owners to finally make the switch and dump those smartphones in order to get their hands on Apple's popular smartphone. Add this newest delay in the OS update to the Blackberry Playbook, which isn't selling well to begin with, and a pattern is emerging.

RIM doesn't seem to know what to do at this point. It can clearly see that the once highly popular Blackberry devices (remember when they were called "Crackberries"?) now seem old fashioned compared to the iPhone and Android-based smartphones. The Playbook is pretty much a failure but RIM is sticking with it anyway, unlike HP who quickly pulled the plug on its TouchPad tablet once sales didn't meet expectations

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Google and Apple should learn from Blackberry. Success in the smartphone business may be "here today, gone tomorrow" with how rapid things change.

Shadrack said,
Google and Apple should learn from Blackberry. Success in the smartphone business may be "here today, gone tomorrow" with how rapid things change.

well the problem was is that RIM thought they were the kings and had a winning formula and never innnovated. now they are paying for their mistake of being stagnant and are failing hard and playing catch up because of it.

dead on arrival by the time they will release this... RIM really need to refocus, maybe expand to developing markets with more affordable devices...

DKAngel said,
if they made the goddamn tablets cheaper they wouldnt be so much of a failure

It's still a fail, regardless of price. Requiring a blackberry to derive the most value from the tablet is just sillyness.

dotf said,

It's still a fail, regardless of price. Requiring a blackberry to derive the most value from the tablet is just sillyness.

that's not really true at all. you can't even bridge your blackberry to it...

Jose_49 said,
I really want to see an update about the rumored BBM on Android Devices...

By the time it comes out no one is gona care anymore, sadly.

Jose_49 said,
I really want to see an update about the rumored BBM on Android Devices...

Aren't there apps that already do essentially the same thing?

The problem is that in my country, the BBM is the most personalized and widely spread messaging system, where it's relatively cheap to use, since there is no free SMS in any of the phone plans. Henceforth forcing me to use a BlackBerry.

I was hoping to upgrade to a Galaxy SII, which was recently released in my country, but it has a rocket price, whereas it's near an unlocked one via eBay (600 US$, I'd prefer to buy a desktop with that money...). So I guess no Android for me (no other good options, no HTC here... and WP7 will never make its appearance), and I'll be sticking with my 8900 for a little more time.