The Playbook updates that have been awaited by many users may be further delayed as RIM is contemplating on coming up with one complete upgrade package rather than releasing individual updates off and on. The total package would include native e-mail and calendar support for the PlayBook, though the delay could mean RIM losing out further on its sales figures.
The longer is the delay, better are the chances of the upgrade getting comprehensive, one that would also bring about many changes in the outlook of the gadget. Like the app tray which has been there ever since BlackBerry6 was done away with. In its place would be a more iPad like control interface which includes folders into which users can sort their applications.
Then another major development to look forward to in Update 2.0 is Android App Player, something that would open up the world of Android apps for PlayBook users. Lets not forget the PlayBook’s QNX operating system still isn’t as matured as say the iOS or Android and RIM hasn’t been able to create a vibrant developer’s community as is the case with Android.
RIM also rushed the tablet’s release in order to beat the iPad, though the move certainly didn’t payoff. The missing features like native e-mail support was sorely missed by early PlayBook buyers. This in spite of RIM making available a bridge software that allowed BlackBerry owners to make better use of the tablet. But then it proved to be too little and a flagging sales figure of the PlayBook is ample proof of that.
However, the BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0 can change all of that and the delay can actually be seen as a positive development. For it shows the company has learnt from its mistakes and is shying away from introducing more half baked stuff. But then, let’s hope the update comes soon enough, say before the end of this year. Of course it would be good if we aren’t kept waiting that long and RIM introduces it during the BlackBerry DevCon scheduled from October 18th till 20th.