Those looking forward to the BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0 update for the PlayBook will have to wait until February, as the company has delayed the launch from a planned October release.
The update is said to bring a native email application and calendar app, two features that were notably missing when the PlayBook launched back in April. Currently, users must go through the web or specifically use BlackBerry Bridge to access their BB emails. The update 2.0 is also supposed to bring the Android app player to the PlayBook.
In a blog entry posted late last night on RIM’s website, the company revealed the update’s delayed launch date, among some other disappointing news. RIM also announced that the upgraded operating system will not include BlackBerry Messenger, RIM’s signature instant messaging system.
“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, RIM’s senior vice president for the BlackBerry PlayBook, on the company’s Inside BlackBerry blog.
This latest product delay comes on the heels of RIM’s developer conference in San Francisco, where the company unveiled a new, unified operating system called BBX. The company boasted of the platform’s ability to run on all BlackBerry smartphones and tablets, as well as simply the process of creating software for the BlackBerry system.
Source: Inside BlackBerry