Heins: No BlackBerry 10 update for PlayBook tablet after all

Heins: No BlackBerry 10 update for PlayBook tablet after all

BlackBerry has already revealed it has no plans to release a BlackBerry 10 tablet, and today confirmed it wouldn't even by dishing up a BB10 update to existing PlayBook tablet owners.

That's contrary to what we heard back in February, and completes a pretty rotten day all round for BlackBerry after the disappointing quarterly financials released earlier.

The news of the BlackBerry 10 tablet update rethink was revealed by BB CEO Thorsten Heins himself in the conference call that accompanied the company's Q1 2014 earnings report.

Heins explained the about-turn was the result of performance issues, but said the PlayBook's existing QNX platform would continue to be supported.

We'll take Heins on his word as it's accepted that BlackBerry genuinely was working on the PlayBook BB10 update, but the decision to pull the plug isn't a huge surprise given BB's wider focus purely on smartphones, and the company's acknowledged need to pick its battles – something that will only have been reinforced by the figures revealed today.

Via CrackBerry

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2013 at 18:10

Tbh... a BB10 update for the Playbook would sound like insult added to injury. Coz, ye kno... BB10 on the new generation of devices isn't exactly peachy.

salmonmax  Jun. 28, 2013 at 21:29

yup, as I said in the other comments - not that impressed by os10 generally so was a little worried that they'd ruin the playbook by cramming it in and change the interface for the worse.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 29, 2013 at 07:20

Another example of why "devices shipped" figures are so very irrelevant.
And: when you delay your own products into semi-obsolescence, don't overprice. Is that so hard, Mr Heins?
Did nobody ever look at Bold 9900 sales figures before you "shipped" the Z10? Is "touch wood" your motto?

Stelph  Jun. 29, 2013 at 17:10

Pretty harsh u turn by blackberry there, I recon they've just driven off another slab of customers with that announcement.

I don't get it. BB10 needs to get its user base up and that was the ideal way of doing it (Bb10 was already shown to work on a playbook), more users, more sales on the web store, more attractive to developers.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 29, 2013 at 17:57

Stelph, have you used BB10, yet?

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