RIM delays introduction of PlayBook OS 2.0 until 2012

by Doug Drinkwater

October 26 2011

Research in Motion (RIM) admits that the postponement of the operating system upgrade is due, in part, to its struggle to gain the appeal of app developers.

Canadian mobile maker Research in Motion (RIM) has delayed the release of BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0, its eagerly-anticipated operating system update.

The company says that the tablet OS is not yet ready for release and conceded that it has not proved to be as appealing to developers as expected. As a result of this, the manufacturer is now looking to release the upgrade in February 2012.

"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, senior vice president of Blackberry PlayBook, in a BlackBerry blog post.

In order to accelerate development and to concentrate on more pressing matters, RIM has left some elements out of the new operating system.

The company has 'deferred' the inclusion of the BBM messaging application, meaning that smartphone users will continue to have to use Blackberry Bridge to access the messaging service on their tablet.

RIM has already made available for download the beta version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, as well as the final version of the native SDK for the tablet. The company will offer more updates in coming months, so that the full range of Cascades animation and UI engine - both of which were demoed at BlackBerry DevCon - will be available to application builders.

The company also announced the upcoming availability of a series of closed betas of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with enterprise customers from the Early Adopter Program (EAP). The firm said that it is addressing the 'many' barriers to tablet adoption in enterprise including device manageability and enterprise application development.

The operating system update is expected to add integrated email and contacts, as well as a new video store.

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