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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.