BlackBerry’s CEO Thorsten Heins has confirmed that the company’s PlayBook tablet will not be getting an update to the mobile-maker’s critically lauded BlackBerry 10 software.
The news came in an investors’ conference call earlier today. Heins had said at a major event in January that the slate, which has been a commercial flop, would eventually get BlackBerry 10.
However, he has now admitted the engineers at BlackBerry couldn’t get its sleek new OS to work satisfactorily on the PlayBook.
That’s perhaps no surprise seeing since it’s a two-year-old device, which has always fallen well short of the tablet standards set by Apple, Google and Amazon.
When it launched, more than six months after being announced in October 2010, the PlayBook lacked a native email client and its app support was pitiful compared to that of Apple’s iPad.
Earlier this year, Heins remarked that the tablet market would be dead within five years, leading to widespread ridicule across the web.
Yet in that context, today’s move is no surprise. Heins says BlackBerry will now focus on ‘core products’, most likely leaving the PlayBook to die a quiet death.