The saga of RIM and its epic spiral down into the pits of irrelevancy continue to worsen as Netflix announces it has no plans to bring its services to BlackBerry smartphones or the newly updated PlayBook. It really sucks to be RIM right now.
How RIM shipped the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet without native email, calendar and contact apps is beyond anyone. It's a BlackBerry product for crying out loud. Worry no more, because RIM is finally pushing out PlayBook OS 2.0 and it brings all of that, as well as the long-awaited Android app support.
Last year was not a great year for RIM. Having launched its PlayBook tablet to lukewarm reviews and not having native email and calendar apps baked in, RIM is rumored to be dropping a new 10-inch PlayBook and another revamped 7-inch PlayBook.
RIM hasn't given up on its 7-inch PlayBook tablet, but it seems Best Buy is done with the tablet that's failed to catch on. Reports are coming in that Best Buys are canceling all PlayBook orders.
How many times do you have to beat a BlackBerry PlayBook until it admits to being able to run Android apps? It would appear to be three. The feature isn't only speculation and murmurs anymore — RIM's made it official.
How do you top the iPad? Well, adding features Apple's tablet lacks is a good start, and BlackBerry makers Research in Motion's upcoming PlayBook is doing just that with front and rear cameras for video chat. That, and the company also wants the PlayBook to come in at under $500.
There's something not quite right with the burgeoning tablet PC business. As it did with digital music players and touchscreen multimedia cellphones, Apple has created a viable gadget market where none before existed, fortifying droves of copycats and followers smelling sudden success, a "me too!" army pouring through a breach in a fortress wall it had no hand in toppling. But has it occurred to anyone that perhaps Apple's iPad didn't so much create a market for tablets as much as it created a market just for Apple iPads?
This is clearly the year of the tablet, with every major player prepping some sort of competitor to Apple's iPad. The latest: BlackBerry, with the PlayBook tablet.