Beleaguered RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with BBM delayed until February 2012

From Research In Motion’s official blog:

We know that many of you are looking forward to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, and we wanted to provide you with an update on the progress that we’re making.

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… we have decided to defer the inclusion of the BBM™ application to a subsequent BlackBerry PlayBook OS release.

We expect to deliver the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS to customers in February 2012 and we’ll continue to keep you updated as we progress to the launch.

– David J. Smith, SVP, BlackBerry PlayBook, Research In Motion

Full blog post here.

MacDailyNews Take: By the time DCW gets it out, tens of millions more will have iPad 2s and the clamor over iPad 3 will be obliterating all of the also-ran iPad wannabes whether they can finally manage to do email unassisted or not.

[Attribution: CrackBerry. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Manny S.” for the heads up.]


  1. When DCW goes under, this company blogger might get a job as a comedian or a PR honcho for soon to be deposed third-world dictator (i.e., the next Baghdad Bob?):

    “We believe BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 will deliver a great experience for our customers, building on the powerful performance introduced with BlackBerry PlayBook tablet earlier this year.”

      1. Not really a clone, since it’s been around for years, but serves the same purpose for BB users that iMessage serves for iOS users…although not quite as elegant and seamless I think (not sure).

  2. “First off, we have decided to defer the inclusion of the BBM™ application to a subsequent BlackBerry PlayBook OS release.”
    Contrary to MDN’s headline, the way I read it, BBM won’t be coming in Feb 2012 with 2.0 but in a later release.

  3. Why did they even release this? If they had just kept their mouths shut I’m sure everyone forgot there was a Playbook OS 2.0 thing coming.

    Admit it. We’re you expecting an update about now?

  4. I went to the site of the original article. There were no comments posted there yet, so I made a snide remark about how the lack of comments showed how nobody cares about the PlayBook.
    But they’re moderating comments, so they never posted mine. Cowards!

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