BlackBerry PlayBook stands out for not being one of the run of the mill tablets that are sprouting like mushrooms in the rain. It also stands out for a number of other reasons that haven’t done sales any good. The QNX toting professional grade tablet shipped out without native apps for email, calendar, and other features that you’d expect on a professional or even home use tablet. After a lot of updates that brought many things except the core functions, the only thing that’s still holding our interest in RIM’s creation is the promise of Android apps running on it. That too has been delayed now.
RIM had earlier announced that the BlackBerry PlayBook would include an Android app player on which Gingerbread compatible apps could be run. This functionality was to be ready by summer but there hasn’t been any news about it from RIM. Though news of the Android app player undergoing testing filtered out a while back, a reliable source has informed engadget that the tablet won’t see the Android player till late fall.
RIM isn’t talking about the delay or the reasons behind it so it’s up to us to go into the whys and why nots of this decision. Is the app player not ready or is RIM hoping to cash in on the holiday season? Well, seeing how RIM’s shares are going and the defections of senior personnel, we’d say RIM can’t afford delays any more.
News of new tablets keeps pouring in and the market scene is only going to get tougher. We don’t even know if RIM still has the oomph to win customers anymore, even with the Android player. But that’s all we can hold out as hope.