A couple of popular, recently released 7-inch tablets are getting new software updates today. The BlackBerry PlayBook and HTC Flyer will both be seeing upgrades, as their respective companies work to patch and improve the devices.
A Sprint Marketing Director revealed, seemingly accidentally, that the mobile giant will carry the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and that it will be available in Sprint stores very, very soon.
In line with further rumblings this week about future app stores for Microsoft's Windows 8 and HP's WebOS 3.0, Forrester Research analysts are advising that major hardware and software companies should shift their strategies toward app stores for everything from desktop PCs to cars and home appliances.
The first iteration of the BlackBerry PlayBook is still fresh out of the box, the 4G version of the seven-inch model won't arrive until summer, and yet people are already thinking bigger.
Analysts are reporting that the BlackBerry PlayBook has sold well over its past month of availability, and that since the PlayBook's launch RIM has managed to put significantly more devices in customers' hands than some other big name tablet manufacturers.
Rumor has it that RIM is recalling nearly 1,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets that, according to a leaked Staples memo, RIM has "determined to be faulty."
While iPads and other tablets are indeed eating into sales of other PCs, the "cannibalization" might not be as extensive -- or at least as uniform -- as once thought, according to some observers.
There are close to 40 different tablet PC systems available or ready to jump into the tablet market. The problem is these mobile devices can present a management and security headache for companies since most are not equipped with even basic virus protection or malware programs.
Sprint has been all over the place in regards to its launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook. But it looks like the carrier still hasn't worked things out, with the postponement of the planned May 8 release.
RIM might be taking a page from the Samsung playbook and release a 10-inch PlayBook for the holiday season. Like the Samsung Galaxy Tab series, the 10-inch PlayBook will not be a second generation PlayBook, but rather an additional model to RIM's tablet lineup.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is taking two big steps toward becoming a more complete tablet as RIM today announced the PlayBook will soon have a video chat client and tablet-optimized Facebook app, both announced a day before the BlackBerry World conference begins in Orlando.
Companies are taking a close look at tablets as they are added to the approved lists of internal IT departments. And tablet security may be something that IT types already have a handle on, since many of the same rules designed to secure smartphones apply to tablet PCs.
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