RIM delays BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 update and BBM integration

News 09:58, 26 Oct 2011

RIM's official BlackBerry blog reports that the company's new Playbook update will not be launched until 2012

RIM has officially confirmed via its company blog that the much-anticipated 2.0 update of its acclaimed Playbook OS will now be delayed until February 2012.

What’s more, the BlackBerry developer stated the eagerly awaited introduction of its BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM), which was expected in version 2.0, will now be delayed to a later build.

‘We know that many of you are looking forward to BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0, and we wanted to provide you with an update,’ blogged David Smith, senior vice president at RIM.

‘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,’ he added.

The news comes shortly after the new Playbook 2.0 system was demonstrated at the DevCon 2011 event, held at San Francisco in October.

Although no official release date was announced the demo created plenty of interest from BlackBerry fans and current Playbook users.

RIM seems to be delaying on the grounds that it wants to get version 2.0 and BBM integration just right.

Despite the dissapointing announcement regarding BBM's delayed integration, Smith also pointed out that users could still use BlackBerry Bridge to run BBM on their Playbooks by tethering them to BlackBerry handsets.

One of the more interesting and positive elements of the announcement related to RIM’s refining of the Playbook for business users.

The new update, when it hits, will include device management options which can be controlled remotely from a central server. RIM is also working to include BlackBerry Balance, a suite which separates business and private data on the device.

‘Enterprises will uniquely have the ability to manage tablets from a centralized server, while BlackBerry Balance ensures a seamless user experience for personal and professional needs and gives CIOs the peace of mind that corporate data is secure,’ said Smith.

‘Plus BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 will provide dedicated shelf space inside the BlackBerry App World storefront to make approved enterprise applications easily available to an organization’s end users.’

’Together these features will help change the way enterprises view and use tablets,’ Smith concluded.

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