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RIM recalls 1000 BlackBerry PlayBooks Over Bug In The Operating System

Research in Motion is recalling around 1,000 PlayBook tablet PCs over a problem in the operating system.

The company told The Inquirer that some of the 16 GB model of the PlayBook tablet devices were infected with a bug that caused them to become unusable.

“RIM determined that approximately one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets (16 GB) were shipped with an OS build that may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up,” the company said in a statement.

“The majority of the affected devices are still in the distribution channel and haven't reached customers. RIM is working to replace the affected devices. In the small number of cases where a customer received a PlayBook that is unable to properly load software upon initial set-up, they can contact RIM for assistance,” RIM added.

RIM is in the middle of revamping its smartphone and tablet PC strategy as it struggles to adapt to the mounting pressure from Apple and Google, who continue to take market share from RIM's BlackBerry smart phones.

The company plans to allow developers to make Android applications usable on the PlayBook device, apart from launching improved development kits.