RIM says BlackBerry 10 OS coming to PlayBook tablets this year

by Tom Dunlap

March 15 2012

Research in Motion continues to update its struggling PlayBook tablets, with reports that the device will receive RIM's new proprietary mobile operating system later this year.

Earlier today, RIM's VP of product management, told TechRadar the following:

"We've said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that's still firmly the case," Orr said. "At some point after the launch we'll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes."

Not a whole lot of information is available on the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, except that it will support HTML5 as well as the BlackBerry WebWorks and PlayBook OS SDKs.

Orr did not give TechRadar any more specifics, although he did say the rollout of the long-awaited PlayBook 2.0, released  last month, is going well.

Orr said that about half of all PlayBook users made the jump to PlayBook 2.0 on the day it came out.

As TabTimes has reported, the PlayBook 2.0 software brought native email and calendaring to the tablet along with a host of other features as part of a larger strategy to boost sales of the highly touted device. 

The news comes on the heels of an announcement that the PlayBook tablet now offers a new keyboard with convertible case.

The combination BlackBerry Mini Keyboard and case ($119.95) gives users a keyboard and touchpad pad that can be used for desktop-style document creation and editing that includes working with standard Microsoft Office applications.  

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