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RIM To Delay Launch of Playbook OS Upgrade

RIM has published an update on the state of the next iteration of its Blackberry Playbook OS version 2.0.

The company published a long update on its official blog today in which David J. Smith, the SVP of Blackberry Playbook at Research in Motion, came clean and said that the company had made "the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0" until they are confident that they have "fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end-users".

The implications of this delay are significant. Blackberry Messenger will be deferred to "a subsequent Blackberry Playbook OS release", which is a tad confusing as it could mean v2.0 or the one after that. The obvious alternative is the use of the Blackberry Bridge feature which requires the use of a compatible Blackberry handset.

Around 200,000 Playbook tablets have been sold by RIM in the last quarter, a fraction of the number of tablets Apple sold during the same period.

We also noted that a number of retailers in the UK had started to cut the price of the Playbook to a mere £239, down from £399 at launch.