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BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 update won't come until October

News by Dan Seifert on Thursday September 15, 2011.

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During RIM's conference call for its Q2 2012 earnings, co-CEO Mike Lazaridis revealed that the long-awaited update for the BlackBerry PlayBook will not be available until after the BlackBerry DevCon conference in October.

The software upgrade promises to bring a number of features that have been lacking from the PlayBook platform. RIM says that native email, calendar, and contact applications will come with the update. Additionally, the PlayBook will gain the ability to run Android apps through the Android App Player. The Android app capabilities may very well come after the other promised upgrades. RIM had showed off most of these features back at BlackBerry World in May, but it had not revealed when they would be available.

RIM reported that only 200,000 PlayBooks were shipped in the second quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, and it did not give a prediction for the third quarter. An exact date for the PlayBook software upgrade was not provided, but BlackBerry DevCon is October 18 through 20, so we would not expect it to show up until the end of the month.

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