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The PlayBook Isn't Getting BlackBerry 10

By - Source: via The Verge | B 15 comments

Sorry, PlayBookers.

A couple of months ago, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that the tablet would be obsolete in five years' time. Considering his attitude toward the form factor, it should surprise no one that BlackBerry has decided that the PlayBook won't be getting an update to BlackBerry 10. Speaking during an investor call on Friday, Heins confirmed that the PlayBook users wouldn't ever see BB10 because of concerns regarding "performance and user experience."

Though it's not exactly surprising considering Heins' previous statements regarding tablets, it does contradict earlier plans relayed by the company. Speaking during the launch of BB10 in January, the company said that the PlayBook would be getting BB10. Then again, Heins' opinions seem to have changed rather a lot since the beginning of the year, as that was around the time the CEO said his company wouldn't be leaving the tablet market.

The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS, which was BlackBerry's first QNX-based operating system. BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0 was released in February of 2012, and was then replaced by BlackBerry 10.

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    computernerdforlife , June 30, 2013 6:31 PM
    Thank you Blackberry for the slap in the face. Your contradictory statements speaks volumes about how you operate as a business. Hence why I continue to short trade your company: you're full of bad PR.
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    kenyee , June 30, 2013 6:33 PM
    Well at least they had the decency to do this.
    Unlike Motorola who way back slapped on Android 2.1 on the Motorola Cliq along w/ their horrid Motoblur crap which made it run like a dog and ticked everyone off :-P
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    sykozis , June 30, 2013 6:43 PM
    Yes, abandon Playbook users.... Nice to see that "Blackberry" has no problem abandoning their customers... Guess I'll throw my Playbook in the trash and buy from a company that will actually support their products. Screw you "Blackberry".... You're not getting another cent from me, ever.
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    Grandmastersexsay , June 30, 2013 7:37 PM
    Blackberry? I saw a documentary on the history channel about them once.
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    AzureFlash , June 30, 2013 7:54 PM
    Why is "Playbook users" being put in plural? :p 
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    stevelord , June 30, 2013 7:59 PM
    lol @ PB fanboys that actually believed in this product and that 1-It would be a hit and 2-It would be supported.

    Said it since it's first month. FAILED PRODUCT!
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    slyu9213 , June 30, 2013 8:32 PM
    Thank god I sold mine for ~$200 back a few years ago.
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    halcyon , June 30, 2013 10:08 PM
    My Playbook just gatherz dust. What a waste
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    anything4this , June 30, 2013 10:39 PM
    I'm pissed off at HP because they didn't update the touchpad to the new os version... I should never buy their crap again and what I have is currently useless now and has had all its current functionality disabled so I should get rid of it...

    Come on! You should have expected this the second they had a fire sale of these. Why would you expect bb10 on this hardware? You are on this tech site because you have a certain amount of knowledge of how hardware works and how it can become obsolete in a day. Moving backwards would probably gain them nothing as you would complain about the stupid move and they would just pay for nothing.

    tl;dr - Stop complaining about something that was expected. Your tablet still does a lot and you probs didn't pay much for it anyways.
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    chicofehr , July 1, 2013 5:29 AM
    I use mine as a GPS device and it works great for movies so it's still useful. I got it in my jeep on the dash for when I go traveling.
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    kawininjazx , July 1, 2013 6:10 AM
    It's stupid easy to put android on a touchpad.

    Quote:
    I'm pissed off at HP because they didn't update the touchpad to the new os version... I should never buy their crap again and what I have is currently useless now and has had all its current functionality disabled so I should get rid of it...

    Come on! You should have expected this the second they had a fire sale of these. Why would you expect bb10 on this hardware? You are on this tech site because you have a certain amount of knowledge of how hardware works and how it can become obsolete in a day. Moving backwards would probably gain them nothing as you would complain about the stupid move and they would just pay for nothing.

    tl;dr - Stop complaining about something that was expected. Your tablet still does a lot and you probs didn't pay much for it anyways.


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    Verrin , July 1, 2013 1:04 PM
    Yeah, it's too bad it's nigh-impossible to change the OS on a playbook. At least as far as I can tell, no one has been successful.
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    slyu9213 , July 1, 2013 2:41 PM
    Quote:
    I'm pissed off at HP because they didn't update the touchpad to the new os version... I should never buy their crap again and what I have is currently useless now and has had all its current functionality disabled so I should get rid of it...

    Come on! You should have expected this the second they had a fire sale of these. Why would you expect bb10 on this hardware? You are on this tech site because you have a certain amount of knowledge of how hardware works and how it can become obsolete in a day. Moving backwards would probably gain them nothing as you would complain about the stupid move and they would just pay for nothing.

    tl;dr - Stop complaining about something that was expected. Your tablet still does a lot and you probs didn't pay much for it anyways.


    It doesn't do enough compared to Android and iOS devices plus if you bought the tablet at original price then you did pay a lot. Almost the same as iPads.
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    halcyon , July 2, 2013 3:19 AM
    I admittingly (and somewhat embarrassingly) bought a Playbook and my colleagues heckle me about it. It was cheap though ($200). It does provide a nice UI option for my blackberry and is a reasonable platform for...what else.. ? Angry Birds. ...but I've not even dusted it off in over a month.
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    sulanis , July 2, 2013 5:47 AM
    Honestly, I am disappointing that BB10 is not going on the playbook, but in my opinion its still a great tablet, it does everything i need it to do. The playbook is an older tablet, and blackberry was trying to release a brand new OS on out dated hardware.

    Should Blackberry thought of this ahead of time? YES, you're damn right they should have. However, they did promise to continue to support and upgrade OS2.1. Does this mean they will follow through with that? Well, there track record for keeping promises is already tarnished so it makes it hard for me to believe. I have a blackberry z10 myself and its fantastic. That's what keeping me with Blackberry.

    What blackberry needs to understand that is this: When you make a promise and break it, the human brain goes right to that though. "They broke a promise, so how can I trust them?" So when people go to the store, this is what they will remember and buy the competition.

    However, keep in mind poeple in our life's we have all made promises we can't keep. WE ARE NOT PERFECT. We are not a multimillion dollar company though. I truly understand both sides of the coin.

    However, This is nothing compared to the bull-crap that Microsoft tried to pull with the XBOX One. Also, the crap that Motorola did, completely abandoned there first line of super phones, after making a direct promise.

    I hope i don't see blackberry in the history channel lol.. That comment made my morning lol