RIM has said it will make the BlackBerry 10 OS available for the PlayBook tablet, though that will happen only after the OS is already up and running on the new range of BlackBerry smartphones. The new crop of BlackBerry smartphones are set to arrive towards the end of 2012. Also, this will mark a shift in strategy on part of RIM, which had been following the path of having in place separate operating systems for its smartphones and tablet PCs. With this, RIM will soon make it to the exclusive club comprised of Apple and Android, both having the same OS version for both their smartphone and tablet devices. The BlackBerry 10 OS is based on the QNX platform, which is already the base of the PlayBook OS.
RIM has also stated it will provide the OS version to PlayBook via an update after the same is first launched in its smartphones. This again will set it apart from Apple and Google, which update their respective operating systems simultaneously. RIM has just made available PlayBook OS 2.0 for its tablet device, leading to greater acceptance of the tablet that has rarely seen good sales ever since it was launched almost a year ago.
Meanwhile, in another development that should bring some parity with its iOS and Android counterparts, the PlayBook will now also play host to the Dolphin browser. The base version of the browser will be 7.2, which means users will be able to make the most of the Dolphin’s Webzine features as well as custom Gesture-enabled browsing on the PlayBook device.