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RIM CEO Confirms BlackBerry PlayBook OS Version 2 Coming

by Sean P. Aune | September 15, 2011September 15, 2011 3:15 pm PST

BlackBerry PlayBook OS V2

RIM CEO Jim Balsille confirmed today on a company earnings call that a new version of the QNX operating system is on its way to the BlackBerry Playbook.

Expected to launch next month at the BlackBerry DevCon – and available to the public shortly thereafter – the new version of the QNX operating system will bring “major enhancements” according to the company’s co-CEO.  Some of those new features will include the long awaited introduction of native email along with contacts, calendar and the Android App Player that RIM has been promising for some time now.  Additionally, the BlackBerry Video Store will also arrive bringing with it over 10,000 movies and TV shows you can play on your PlayBook.

With sales of only around 200,000 units in the past quarter, it’s obvious that the PlayBook is not exactly taking the tablet world by storm.  These new enhancements, however, bring excitement for the reason that it might mean we are that much closer to a QNX BlackBerry phone.  Pretty much everyone has agreed that the best thing about the PlayBook is the QNX operating system, but the lack of support for something as essential as email made it difficult to fully embrace.  Rumors have been circulating that the company is working on a phone codenamed BlackBerry Colt that would be their first QNX-based handset, and if they’ve conquered some of the hurdles that people have complained about, perhaps we are not too far away from the OS finally making its way to phones.

[via CrackBerry]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...