Research In Motion (RIM) RIM has officially confirmed that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will receive BB10 OS treatment when the software update finishes development, TechRadar reports.
The Canadian tablet maker has yet to announce if it will release new hardware within this year, but existing owners of the BlackBerry PlayBook will receive warmly the advantages of having the latest BlackBerry operating system, the BB10 OS, which also comes from the same QNX platform on the current PlayBook OS.
“We’ve said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that’s still firmly the case,” Rob Orr, VP of Product Management for RIM, told TechRadar. “At some point after the launch we’ll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes.”
The news comes hot on the heels of RIM’s celebration of striking percentage uptake of its BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 software.
“The updates from PlayBook 1 to PlayBook 2: astonishing take up rates in a very short space of time. A big percentage of our users just take it, take it, take it,” said Orr.
RIM said that about half of PlayBook users installed the update, which finally offers the ability to receive email on the tablet, on the first day of release.
“It’s actually quite different to our smartphone users, who are a little bit tentative to take software updates,” added Orr. “But as we move into this new world of mobile computing, frequent updates and auto updates bring in new features and new functions – and that’s the way forward. It’s been really positive to see.”