Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RIM Says PlayBook's New Operating System a 'Sneak Peek' at BlackBerry 10: New PlayBook OS a 'Sneak Peek' at BlackBerry 10

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RIM Says PlayBook's New Operating System a 'Sneak Peek' at BlackBerry 10: New PlayBook OS a 'Sneak Peek' at BlackBerry 10

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TORONTO - If Research in Motion (TSX:RIM) hopes to bounce back from a series of missteps that allowed rivals Apple and Google to leap ahead in the smartphone war, its forthcoming operating system BlackBerry 10 will have to truly wow consumers.

RIM insists it will. For a glimpse of what's to come, users just need to check out the latest software update for RIM's PlayBook tablet, says senior product manager Michael Clewley, calling it "the foundation for BlackBerry 10."

"This is a fantastic preview and a sneak peek into what BlackBerry 10 is going to offer," says Clewley of the new PlayBook 2.0 software update, made available to users earlier this week.

"All of the plumbing is what is at the core of BlackBerry 10 and we're just going to add on those capabilities as we head down that path."

Many BlackBerry fans have been positive about the software update, although some have pointed out that RIM should have implemented the features much sooner.

Clewley said PlayBook owners will eventually be able to update their tablets with the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which RIM has targeted for the second half of the year.

In the meantime, PlayBook users can expect to see a few more updates along the way.

"We haven't necessarily disclosed a software roadmap for PlayBook at this time but you can be assured that ... we will have a few more releases for PlayBook," he said.

"We're, of course, committed to the PlayBook and the software platform on the PlayBook itself."

RIM has been aggressively wooing software developers with offers of free PlayBooks to get more apps onto RIM's BlackBerry App World and address complaints that there just aren't enough worthwhile games and applications available.

Clewley said there are now about 10,000 PlayBook apps online and that number is rapidly growing. Part of the growth is tied to the PlayBook's ability to run apps originally designed for Google's Android platform.

"We've seen an influx of Android apps ... …

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