RIM has stated it might return to the tablet business once again. The company may just have clawed back from what may be the most challenging phase in its history that had put its very existence at stake. However, with the comeback of the company’s fortune through the release of the BlackBerry 10 operating system as well as the Z10 smartphone, it is natural for the company to start sniffing at the lucrative tablet segment as well.
David J. Smith, who heads RIM’s mobile computing business, has also hinted at such a possibility when he said, “We are looking at future tablets, and how we can continue to play in the tablet business,” before also adding, “We are definitely very interested in the tablet market. It’s a challenging market, but I still think people want to see a range of different products.”
The company’s last and only attempt at the tablet segment in the form of the PlayBook has never been too impressive. It failed to sell in decent numbers except in the UK, where it had enjoyed some acceptance. That might change once the tablet is provided with an update that will enable it to run the latest BB10 OS. Smith chose to be non-committal with any dates and didn’t divulge when the BB10 update for PlayBook can be expected. Nor did he mention any details of what the company’s future tablet plans will be like.
UPDATE: BlackBerry has clarified they don’t have any tablet plans as of now. Instead, the company is keen to devote their resources to their smartphone line-up. The BB10 update for the existing PlayBook does stand confirmed though. That said, its quite hard to believe BB won’t consider a new tablet somewhere down the line.