No BB10 upgrade for BlackBerry PlayBook

Remember back in January, when BlackBerry launched its new BlackBerry 10 operating system? One of the more interesting points was the company's decision to upgrade its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to the latest operating system. Well, it now seems like the boss has had a change of heart.

The original word from Thorsten Heins, CEO for BlackBerry, speaking at the New York launch event, stated: 'Our plan is to upgrade all existing PlayBooks to BlackBerry 10.'

That 'plan' no longer seems to be a plan after a company investor call that followed the announcement of BlackBerry's latest financials. The same Thorsten Heins confirmed the turnaround without going into too much detail. The justification is that BlackBerry was unable to get performance up to a satisfactory level. To be fair, that could well be the case.

BlackBerry will now focus on its core products instead, which is its new and current range of BlackBerry 10 smartphones. We can only presume that this announcement is the final nail in the PlayBook's coffin, with no hint of a replacement model coming at any point in the future.

As for those sales figures, they weren't great for the first quarter of BlackBerry 10's life. Revenue was a fairly healthy $3.1 billion, but there was an $84 million loss. It also confirmed a drop of four million subscribers over the quarter, but a rise in shipments of devices.

Sadly, we don't have the BlackBerry 10 figures alone, which were not offered by BlackBerry. That doesn't bode well for its new platform. If they were really strong, we would probably have heard about it.

Source: The Verge

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