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RIM delays Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0

Will wait until it's very happy with the release
Wed Oct 26 2011, 09:51

CANADIAN MOBILE MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) has delayed its release of the Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0.

The firm said the software is not quite ready for release and might not appeal as much to developers as the company would have liked. As a result it will hold fire on making it available.

"As much as we'd love to have it in your hands today, we've made the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end-users," wrote David J. Smith, SVP of Blackberry Playbook.

In order to give itself more development space the firm has decided to leave some elements of its service out of the release. For example, it has deferred inclusion of its BBM messaging application, meaning that users will have to use Blackberry Bridge to access the app on their tablet.

The firm will provide developers with the gold release of the native SDK for the Blackberry Playbook tablet and a beta release of Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0.

"The developer beta allows developers to begin porting their native apps to the PlayBook platform. In the following months, the developer kit will be updated with the full Cascades animation and UI engine that was first demonstrated at BlackBerry Devcon," explained Smith.

"We expect that the developer beta will generate thousands of new applications for BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0."

RIM will also begin a series of trials with enterprise customers as it tests out the OS, he added.

RIM expects to release the OS to customers in February 2012. µ

 

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