Research in Motion said the software upgrade for its PlayBook tablet (BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0) has been delayed to February next year.
"As much as we'd love to have it in your hands today, we've made the difficult
decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we
have fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and
end-users," the company said in a blog post on its website.
The tablet will ship without the Blackberry messenger (BBM) software, the company
added. In the meantime, BlackBerry smartphone users will be able to continue to
use BlackBerry Bridge to access BlackBerry Messenger on the BlackBerry PlayBook
Earlier this month, RIM had said it plans to introduce the BBX operating software
for the BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook tablet.
Blackberry is also now providing developers with the gold release of the native
SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as well as a beta of BlackBerry PlayBook OS
2.0 (launched last week at BlackBerry DevCon Americas). The developer beta allows
developers to begin porting their native apps to the PlayBook platform. In the
following months, the developer kit will be updated with the full Cascades
animation and UI engine that was first demonstrated at BlackBerry DevCon. The
company expects that the developer beta will generate thousands of new
applications for BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.