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RIM Denies Claims They’re Giving Up On The PlayBook, Tablets.

  • September 29, 2011 12:59 pm


Despite claims to the contrary by chip analyst John Vinh, RIM isn’t giving up on the PlayBook or tablets, this according to @CNBCbrk. Per RIM: It’s “Pure Fiction”.

It’s no secret that RIM’s tablet initiative has garned pretty weak reception so far. Nonetheless, the co-CEO’s continue putting forth empty promises claiming each upcoming update will wow us all. Unfortunately, the company has been overly optimistic one too many times to the point it’s now seen as “crying wolf” in a sense.

We’ll be looking forward to the 2.0 PlayBook update as the PlayBook we have sitting in house hasn’t gotten a lot of use as of late. Perhaps some (hopefully) dramatically improved new code will give us a change of heart.

Deal Breaker: PlayBook Android Runtime App Incompatibles Lengthy.

  • September 28, 2011 8:47 am


It appears one of the few saving graces of RIM’s unloved BlackBerry PlayBook, Android app compatibility, was just revealed to be more or less useless.

Today at the Droidcon developer conference in Romania, RIM engineers began releasing certain stipulations that would prevent Android apps from being compatible on the PlayBook’s Android app emulator. A few here or there were to be expected. But as it looks currently, a large chunk of Android apps will only partially work with gaping holes in functionality/features, with many more being completely incompatible.

According to RIM, features that won’t work within the Android emulator include SIP/SIP VoIP, apps built with the Native Development Kit, apps that contain only App Widgets, and apps with more than one activity tied to the Launcher. Even worse, apps will be completely incompatible if they use any part of the following:

  • Google Maps
  • in-app billing services
  • Android’s text-to-speech engine
  • cloud-to-device messaging system

Hopefully RIM has something intriguing and inviting with the PlayBook’s 2.0 update due out later this year. Because as it stands now, QNX is venturing down the same path as webOS and MeeGo — and that’s something we would hate to see.

Lesson worth learning: Don’t rely on a competitors platform to plug the holes in your own.

RIM: “PlayBook Retail Pricing Not Changing. Gift Cards OK.”

  • September 27, 2011 11:48 pm


We’re beginning to think RIM really can’t see the massive amount of denial they’re in. How else would you describe their response to recent reports of PlayBook price slashing, gift cards, and promotional pricing galore? Last time we checked, the PlayBook hadn’t “established” anything except an image of mediocrity, an absence of updates, and complete lack of apps. Hopefully RIM doesn’t drop the ball with QNX phones like they have with the QNX powered PlayBook.

RIM:

“The official retail price of BlackBerry PlayBook has not changed. However, as mentioned on the Q2 earnings call on Sept. 15th, we have a number promotional plans in place for the fall with our retail partners that are intended to drive sell-through and increased adoption of the BlackBerry PlayBook. We are already starting to see some of these promotions being implemented in the form of instant rebates and gift cards within the consumer channel, and expect these promotions to continue into the holiday season. The BlackBerry PlayBook has established itself as a high-performance tablet, and we are confident that these activities, along with the upcoming software upgrade, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, will help to generate an increase in demand and sell through of the BlackBerry PlayBook over the upcoming months.”

In short: RIM is spinning any price drops as strictly retailer-controlled and hinting that the PlayBook 2.0 update, whenever it comes, will wow people into picking up new PlayBooks.

We’re not so sure RIM really understands what’s going on here anymore…

RIM Offering $100 Pre-Paid Gift Card To PlayBook Buyers.

  • September 7, 2011 5:42 pm


Apparently it pays to be a RIM/BlackBerry fan. After several previous discounted programs by various companies for RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook comes another new offer directly from RIM — a $100 gift card to new PlayBook buyers who are also current BlackBerry smartphone owners. The promotion runs through September 22nd and is limited to one PlayBook per person or three PlayBooks per household (pretty generous if you ask us). If you’re not a resident of the U.S. or Canada you’re out of luck. Sorry, folks.

While it isn’t free, it is a decent discount nonetheless. Worth pursuing?

RIM Sponsoring 50 Android Developer Meetups.

  • September 7, 2011 2:01 pm


RIM’s QNX-powered PlayBook tablet lacks a lot of native/dedicated apps for a number of popular services. On top of that, RIM’s promise to bring a native Android app player have gone unanswered thus far. Things are progessing, albeit slowly. Hopefully the ~50 new Android Player developer events being set up on Meetup.com result in some actual visual, tangible progress. As of writing there are 10,256 attendees across 36 already scheduled meetups.

Android Player for BlackBerry PlayBook is supporting 50 Meetups across the country to get the word out about converting your Android App to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS and host it in BlackBerry World. They’re thrilled to have your Meetup participating in this program! In addition to having a local Blackberry rep come visit your Meetup, they’re making a financial investment in your Meetup Group over the next 3 months to help your Organizer make it even better!

We’re not going to lie. We’re not too fond of RIM’s Android Player idea. Granted, the idea of being able to tap into the vast supply of Android apps is intriguing. Though that doesn’t take into account the fact that Android itself lacks a healthy suite of tablet-specific apps (though that is also changing by the day, and more quickly at that). We’d rather see RIM get devs on board with QNX so that we don’t have to deal with these emulated Android environments. But hey, at this point we’d just like to see RIM handedly succeed at anything.

Are you an Android/QNX developer who will be attending one of the 50 Android Player meetups? Let us know your experience!

BlackBerry PlayBook BBM App Appears On RIM’s Website.

  • September 6, 2011 9:17 pm


One of the PlayBook’s glaring holes is the lack of dedicated BlackBerry Messenger support, instead relying on the company’s BlackBerry Bridge software to get mobile messaging done. A dedicated BBM app has been promised for many months now, although nothing has come to fruition just yet. But a slip up on BlackBerry.com could be sign of things to (soon) come.

The screenshot above shows an ad that was live on BlackBerry.com earlier today that has since been removed. The scandalous content pertains to the BBM app displayed on the PlayBook’s screen whose “dedicated” status is made more official thanks to the “uninstall” button located on the same screen. If this were a screenshot of BBM via BlackBerry Bridge there wouldn’t be an “install/uninstall” button.

This could be RIM slipping up and giving us a sneak peak of what’s coming (we already know it is). Also likely is that someone in the marketing department tried their hand at Photoshop. As we’ve seen many times across the tech world, Photoshop failures are frequent.

Stay tuned…

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Images Leak Out!

  • August 26, 2011 6:35 am


RIM’s floudering PlayBook tablet is constantly updated with minor maintenance updates, but they need something bigger. Introducing: PlayBook OS/QNX 2.0. The images after the break give a quick glimpse into what RIM’s next major update for the PlayBook’s QNX-powered OS will look like (spoiler: pretty much identical).

Rumor: RIM Pushing Out Native BBM And Email PlayBook Apps In September.

  • August 25, 2011 12:19 pm


Two of current/potential PlayBook owners’ biggest requests — native email and BlackBerry Messenger support — is finally coming in September. At least, that’s what the current rumor coming from Bloomberg is reporting. Apparently, the source of this latest rumor is the same one that mentioned the possibility of QNX phones getting the same Android app support the PlayBook features…well, will feature once RIM releases the Android app player.

Since April, the story behind the severe delay in native apps for email, BBM and more has centered around RIM’s BIS/BES setup. Currently it is impossible for an account to be split across two pins (as each BlackBerry device requiring its own pin). Because this is the core backbone of how BlackBerry operates, we can understand the obstacles that have to be overcome. Still, the fact of the matter is RIM rushed out an unfinished product and it shows. Here’s to hoping Bloomberg’s source comes out on top.

[Update] No 4G PlayBook For You: Sprint Cancels Plans To Sell WiMAX Equipped PlayBook.

  • August 12, 2011 2:50 pm


Need another piece of evidence that suggests RIM’s PlayBook tablet still has major issues? How about new reports that even more carriers are dropping support for RIM’s uber tablet? Sprint just announced that they have cancelled plans to sell a WiMAX (read: 4G) equipped BlackBerry PlayBook. Not only that, Sprint won’t pursing any PlayBook variations from here on out. According to Sprint:

“The PlayBook just hasn’t caught on with business customers.”

Even more damning…

“There are so many tablets in the market, it creates confusion for the average customer.”

While views towards RIM’s tablet ambitions have grown cold, Sprint maintains that their plans to cancel PlayBook Tablet sales “has no impact on our relationship with RIM”

When individual customers take the same stance that Sprint is taking — abandonment — it’s bad. When carriers themselves are running the other way, it’s time to give up. With that said, we desperately hope RIM can get their sinking ship back in order as we genuinely love QNX. So far, however, RIM’s rollout of new features on the first QNX device has been slow at best.

We expect a follow-up head-in-the-sand response from RIM within the next few hours.

Stay tuned…

Update

RIM has published an official response to the above information. Oddly enough, they word their response on such a way that makes it sound like it was they, and not RIM, that made the absolute decision to cancel WiMAX PlayBooks. With that said, their response doesn’t account for WiFI-only PlayBooks on Sprint.

RIM has decided to prioritize and focus its 4G development resources on LTE. We remain excited and committed to delivering innovative and powerful 4G tablets to the US market together with our carrier partners. Testing of BlackBerry 4G PlayBook models is already underway and we plan to enter labs for network certifications in the US and other international markets this fall.