RIM: BlackBerry 10 is Coming to the PlayBook This Year

Research In Motion last month released a long-awaited software update to its BlackBerry PlayBook, OS 2.0, which finally brought native email and other necessary improvements to its tablet. After one week, nearly half of all PlayBook owners had updated, and within one month, 90% made the upgrade.

Now these same users will be able to eagerly anticipate the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, according to RIM itself. The next-gen mobile platform is said to leverage the same QNX technology that the PlayBook already uses, but (hopefully) with some notable advancements.

It was always said that BB10—originally called BBX before legal obstacles surfaced—would become the new software face of all BlackBerry smartphones. But it was never clarified by RIM whether the OS would also launch on the tablet. Until now.

RIM's vice president of product management told TechRadar that, "at some point" after the first BB10 smartphone is launched, "we'll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks." Rob Orr wouldn't delve into details, although one might dissect his choice of wording: does "our PlayBooks" suggest a second model is in the works?

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Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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