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Blackberry Playbook won't be upgraded to Blackberry 10

Will forever remain in your junk drawer
Fri Jun 28 2013, 14:40
Blackberry Playbook 4G LTE

CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry isn't having a good day today, as following its release of worrying first quarter financial results the firm has revealed that it no longer plans to bring the Blackberry 10 mobile operating system (BB10) to its Blackberry Playbook tablet.

We expect that Blackberry Playbook owners will be angry about this, and rightfully so.

In February 2012, Blackberry, then known as Research in Motion (RIM), told The INQUIRER that Blackberry 10 definitely would be coming to its Playbook tablet, saying, "Blackberry 10 is being designed for both next generation Blackberry smartphones, as well as for the Blackberry Playbook.

"Owners of Blackberry Playbook today will be able to update their tablet to the BlackBerry 10 OS via a free software update once the software is generally available."

However, Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins revealed today that the Playbook update plans have since been canceled, citing "performance issues" as the reason behind the surprise reversal.

Heins added that the company will "focus on core Blackberry 10 products" instead, but given his comments that the tablet will be dead within five years, it's unlikely that we'll ever see one running BB10.

Playbook owners - all 10 of them - have been quick to bemoan the news on Twitter. One user said "Looks like that Playbook of mine will remain buried in the junk drawer," while another slammed the decision as a "dumb mistake."

This admission from Blackberry came just moments after the company posted its first quarter 2014 financial results, which saw the firm continue to struggle with an $84m loss. µ


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