Posts tagged with: PlayBook
  • by | February 27, 2014 4:52 PM

    Over the years, we've seen many a smartphone manufacturer move into tablets. Some, like Samsung, take to the form factor like a fish to water, and tablets become an established part of their mobile lineups. Some, like LG, saw their tablet efforts go dormant for years, only to recently rekindle things. Then there are companies like HTC, which had some early dalliances with tablets, but seem to have moved on altogether. Where does BlackBerry fall in all of this? We had the PlayBook, sure, but that's coming up on three years old by this point. Will there ever be another? Nothing's certain, ...

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  • by | June 28, 2013 12:20 PM

    The BlackBerry quarterly earnings call to investors is giving us more than just raw numbers on how the BB10 launch has been going, and we also get a few updates on other aspects of BlackBerry news. Unfortunately, just like those sales figures themselves, there are some more upsets in store here. The PlayBook's QNX-based OS made it the forerunner of the BlackBerry 10 devices we know today. When full-on BB10 launched back in January, we heard from the company that it intended to deliver the PlayBook an update to transition it over to BB10 proper – the idea of an all-new BB10 tablet was ...

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  • by | June 11, 2013 1:56 PM

    In the past six months, I've handled some of the world's most advanced mobile technology, including BlackBerry's new Z10 flagship, Nokia's one-of-a-kind N9 smartphone, and Sony's super-portable Xperia Tablet Z. And the thing I value most from these experiences isn't the Z10's unified messaging hub, or the N9's one-of-a-kind interface, or even the Tablet Z's water-resistant nature. Rather, the aspect I love most about these three products is that they all offer a variation on a buttonless unlock. This revelation might force you to question my priorities, and I acknowledge that idolizing ...

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  • by | April 30, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about AT&T's current trade-in program to make your 2013-smartphone purchase more compelling. We later go through BlackBerry's CEO statement regarding tablets, and why this is both ironic and revealing at the same time. Later it's Nokia's turn as we discuss their probable plans to bring Lytro-Camera technology to future smartphones. Microsoft is next as we go through their new Windows Phone Facebook app in beta. We end today's show talking about iOS 7 and all the rumors regarding Jony Ive's influence over it. All this and more after the break. ...

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  • by | April 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    One of the big unanswered questions regarding BlackBerry 10 and the direction the company's heading has been what role tablets will play. We've heard conflicting comments from various company execs that have made it hard to get a solid read on what might some day arrive as the follow-up to the PlayBook. Today we get a little insight into why this might be such a contentious issue, after hearing some very anti-tablet comments from CEO Thorsten Heins. In a recent interview, Heins declared, "in five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," going on to call them ...

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  • by | March 20, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's Cash-For-Apps program and how this is being complained about by the community. Then we turn the page to Amazon, as a $100 tablet seems to be in the works. Later we talk about a new BlackBerry Playbook in the works, even though we doubt it'll be big either. Later it's all about Motorola as Guy Kawasaki begins teasing about the X Phone customization capabilities. We end today's show talking about Nokia's Solar Charging smartphones in the works. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft Defends Cash-for-Apps Program - ...

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  • by | March 19, 2013 5:00 PM

    The BlackBerry PlayBook ultimately got the ball rolling for BB10, and while it's still running its pre-BB10 QNX-based OS, we've heard that a full-on BB10 update is in its future. What about a new, BB10-from-the-ground-up tablet? Last we heard, BlackBerry was still iffy about the idea of a new tablet, but some recent comments from company executives have us reconsidering what it's really up to. CEO Thorsten Heins makes it sound like a new tablet is very far from a sure thing. He recently mentioned BlackBerry working on a few tablet designs, but said the company was still trying to work out ...

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  • by | January 31, 2013 4:06 AM

    If you have a BlackBerry PlayBook by Research in Motion, the company which since yesterday will be know as simply, BlackBerry, you will be able to update to the latest BlackBerry 10 operating system. The company's CEO, Thorsten Heins, dropped the information yesterday at a Q&A session following the BlackBerry 10 event. All existing seven-inch flavors of the PlayBook tablet will be updated to BlackBerry 10. However, plans on future tablets are not yet crystallized, as the CEO acknowledged that it takes more than selling hardware: "We are looking for specific value added services on ...

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  • by | August 2, 2012 1:05 PM

    Following all the signs that a new 4G-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was in the works, rumors had been pointing to the possibility for the refreshed tablet to finally launch late last month. We've missed that date, but RIM's not about to keep us guessing. In a statement released today, the company announces the coming availability of the tablet next week, while CEO Thorsten Heins separately discusses RIM's future, including how the business may change with the arrival of BlackBerry 10. First off, the PlayBook: this LTE-capable version also gets a CPU boost over the initial WiFi ...

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  • by | July 30, 2012 11:04 AM

    Ever since the BlackBerry PlayBook first launched, we've been wondering about the chances for seeing a couple other variants on the model. The first, one that would be cellular-enabled, rather than relying on a WiFi connection, looks like it's nearly about to become a reality, and may launch as soon as tomorrow. The other change would be to introduce a larger version of the tablet, and so far this one's only been in the rumor stage. Back in February, we heard that such a 10-inch PlayBook had been spotted, but no imagery of the hardware emerged. Today we get out first full-on look at the ...

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  • by | July 23, 2012 7:20 PM

    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablets are unique among the company's current-generation hardware as they're the only ones, according to leaked RIM documents, at least, that are on-track for getting upgrades to BlackBerry 10 when it arrives early next year. We've been hearing that sometime before then, RIM would come out with a 4G-capable PlayBook, and we caught a glimpse at what looks like the tablet back in April (above). More recently, there have been rumors that the manufacturer would use the opportunity of introducing a new model to upgrade the tablet's processor, as well. Now the new 4G ...

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  • by | July 4, 2012 3:14 PM

    "BlackBerry," you may be ready to ask, "isn't that a dead platform?" Sure, RIM's long-term prospects are a bit uncertain, at best, but the company's PlayBook tablet is still an interesting piece of hardware, and for today only you can snag one at what might be the lowest price we've ever seen. Daily Steals, the same site that had the Sony LiveView smartwatch for just $20 last month, is selling refurbished 16GB PlayBooks for only $120 plus $5 shipping for the rest of the day. Why would you want a year-old tablet? For starters, the leaked RIM roadmap we took a look at yesterday shows that ...

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  • by | June 12, 2012 6:01 PM

    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook already has a name for itself as the tablet of choice for users looking for cross-platform compatibility, thanks to its ability to run repackaged Android apps. That was cool enough on its own, but a new software package has the potential to revolutionize the tablet's ability to run apps from competing smartphone platforms, supporting iOS programs. Demonstration videos of the system first appeared over the weekend, and following some initial bouts of skepticism, it's all seeming very much real. The developer has also prepared an iOS simulator for Windows, where it ...

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  • by | May 31, 2012 2:45 AM

    February 21 was a memorable day for BlackBerry Playbook owners who are around one million all over the world, because the platform refresh brought some changes like native email, calendar and contacts sync, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn integration. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta should land today, if Michael Clewley's tweet, (he's the PlayBook Product Manager) is to be believed. He said "end of May" and it doesn't get more "end of May" than today. There is no change log yet attached to the platform refresh beta but according to the image above we can guess that it will at least ...

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  • by | May 1, 2012 7:33 PM

    Almost since RIM first released the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, we've been hearing rumors about a new version that would introduce its own cellular modem, no longer relying on a tethered BlackBerry smartphone in order to get online while on the go. Such devices have popped-up in numerous leaked roadmaps, suggesting we'd end up seeing both an HSPA+ and LTE version of this tablet refresh. About a month ago, we got what may have been our first real look at one of these devices, showing-off the telltale sign of a SIM tray. Today, amidst all the other BlackBerry new that's floating about, ...

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