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RIM CEO Says PlayBook Software Will Feature On Future BlackBerry Smartphones

Research in Motion CEO Mike Lazaridis has indicated that software found on the upcoming PlayBook tablet could well end-up on its BlackBerry smartphones as well.

During the Wall Street Journal's Dive Into Mobile event, Lazaridis said that he believes all future smartphones will be based on tablet devices, and that RIM will be the first one to implement the strategy.

“By focusing on the tablet market, we see an opportunity to free where the smartphone can go. When we have multi-core processors across the board, they’ll all be running the PlayBook platform,” he said during the conference.

RIM has been struggling to maintain its hold in the smartphone market thanks to the popularity of Apple's iOS devices and Google's Android powered smartphones.

The company recently released its new BlackBerry OS 6 operating system along with the Torch touch-screen slider smartphone to bolster its market presence in the wake of competition. The phone has seen unimpressive sales with users complaining that it's slow and has poor graphics.