Vietnamese tech forum Tinhte is showing off what could be RIM's new 10-inch PlayBook. But while the hardware looks like it might almost be ready for launch — if it's real — don't expect to get your hands on one any time soon.
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Ouch. Things just go from bad to worse for the Blackberry vendor, as it's revealed that it's sitting on a stockpile of unsold Playbooks and Blackberry smartphones worth a billion bucks.
Now that RIM has shown a preview of BlackBerry 10, more rumours are surfacing about the updated OS. The latest, from CrackBerry, claims that the platform will have a new screen sharing feature, which means you could show someone what's on your phone's display during a video call or while you're messaging.
The Blackberry Playbook has some excellent hardware, but to date it's been hampered by a lack of really good apps. The same could be said for Sony's PlayStation phone initiatives; so far it's been a lot of promise with little delivery. A PlayStation emulator for Playbook might just bridge the gap between the two.
RIM is killing the option to sideload apps in a future build of the PlayBook OS in an attempt to curb piracy. This means that they'll have to be added directly through BlackBerry App World, similar to Apple's modus operandi with the App Store.
To go along with the release of the PlayBook 2.0 update, RIM also included new remote functionality in the BlackBerry Bridge app, so that BB phones can control the PlayBook But as people are finding out, it can control much, much more than just a single tablet.
As predicted, RIM's attempt to salvage the PlayBook — an updated operating system — is available today. Now, basic tablet functionality can be had by PlayBook users: e-mail, calendar and contacts programs, as well as a scattering of ported Android apps. The update is available now, via the PlayBook's Software Updates menu.
RIM's Playbook tablet hasn't exactly been a blockbuster success (or even much of a "success") since its initial launch last year — due in part to a clunky UI and lack of basic features. However, according to a report by 4NBB, the vastly improved Playbook OS 2 could start rolling out next week.
The long, long wait for Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 — complete with the promise of Android app integration — is nearly over, with RIM putting a firm deadline on developers who want their Android Apps integrated into Blackberry App World.
Wait, is this right? RIM's update to its PlayBook OS is actually good? High-fives are currently flying in meetings across North America.
BlackBerry just announced Playbook OS 2, which finally makes the Playbook useful instead of the silly joke it was! The new OS, which really should have launched with the Playbook, adds email, calendar and contacts. Finally! From the company that brought email to your pocket, there's email on their tablet.
RIM is having a Playbook fire sale in the US, slashing the prices of all three capacities to $US299. But that hasn't translated to Aussie customers, who still have to fork out at least $485 to buy the seven-inch tablet from RIM. So what gives? We asked RIM's PR agency whether or not we could expect to see radically reduced prices any time soon.