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Playbook OS 2.0 Released 90

Alt-kun writes "On February 21st, The Blackberry Playbook finally received its long-promised overhaul. Called Playbook OS 2.0, this major upgrade provides native email and calendaring apps, limited support for Android applications (the developer has to repackage the app for the Playbook), and a bunch of other features. There are some fairly positive initial reviews, although one can no doubt expect a lot of too-little-too-late naysaying from various quarters as well. The Globe and Mail article also contains this somewhat interesting note: '...until RIM began deep discounting ... the device languished way behind rivals such as the iPad in terms of market share. One recent report by Toronto-based Solutions Research Group, however, pegs RIM's share of the tablet market at around 15 per cent, a big jump after discounting over the holiday buying season.'" ZDNet has some screenshots of the new features, and El Reg has a piece on an interesting bit of the new software.
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Playbook OS 2.0 Released

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  • Re:Take note (Score:1, Interesting)

    by WrongSizeGlass ( 838941 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @12:02PM (#39125485)

    10 and a half months after release, the Blackberry Playbook finally doesn't suck. Much.

    Yeah - the option of using a BlackBerry phone's keyboard as an external keyboard for a tablet ... um, never mind. What were they thinking? How did a company that was leading this industry make so many bad decisions, even after others clearly exposed what a majority of the market wants?

  • Re:I hate subjects (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Nimloth ( 704789 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @12:20PM (#39125775)
    You're looking at it wrong. They didn't cripple it to sell more phones, they developped the product when they still had good market share in the mobile world and wanted to sell PlayBooks into existing BlackBerry accounts. It was a way to bypass IT having to manage another device and piggyback on the already-approved BlackBerries in enterprise (think FIPS approval, etc). They did not expect then that nobody would want BlackBerry devices anymore, and that it would be a major handicap to the PlayBook to not be able to function as a standalone device.
    Short-sighted yes, malicious tactic I think not.

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