Research in Motion is struggling to figure out ways to monetise its app store and fix the battery issues that have apparently plagued the upcoming PlayBook tablet device, an analyst with links to industry sources said.
Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu declared that although RIM has made progress in improving the QNX operating system that powers the new tablet device, the company is finding it hard to give the tablet device a decent battery life.
RIM's competitors Samsung and Apple both claim battery lives of six hours and ten hours for their Galaxy Tab and iPad tablet respectively.
The analyst believes that as the QNX operating system was designed primarily for in-car systems and network equipment where battery is not much of a constraint, RIM is trying hard to tweak the OS to support larger battery life.
He also talked about the rising pressure on RIM to release the tablet device before its too late. “Meanwhile, competitive pressures will likely step up as we are also hearing Microsoft courting developers pretty aggressively with its new Windows Phone 7 platform as it attempts to catch up,” he warned.