BlackBerry Not Giving Up on Tablets; PlayBooks to Get BB10

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed at the BlackBerry 10 event that all existing 7-inch and 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBooks would receive a BlackBerry 10 operating system update. As for future tablets, Heins acknowledged that plans are not yet cast in stone by saying, "We are looking for specific value added services on top of the tablet." At the BB10 launch event January 30th, BlackBerry didn't unveil a new tablet, only launching the all-touch 4.2-inch Z10 smartphone and the QWERTY-endowed Q10 handset.

What Else You Need To Know

  • British electronics distribution specialist Context announced that the PlayBook tablet outsold Apple’s latest iPad during the last two months of the 2012, with 160,000 of the BlackBerry tablet sold, compared to just 113,000 for the iPad 4.
  • BlackBerry's long delayed mobile computing platform, the BlackBerry 10, will be featured in a commercial during Super Bowl XLVII.

Other sources

Basically, it sounds like BlackBerry isn’t going to be focusing on delivering a new tablet anytime soon. But when we finally see new hardware, there will likely be some useful new services around them. - Devindra Hardawar, Venture Beat  
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