So far, Research In Motion's
After the initial criticism for such egregious omissions, the company promised that it would deliver them, only to delay it multiple times to a February launch. Well it's February now, and at long last RIM has delivered PlayBook OS 2.0, finally bringing those three basic functionalities to the device. The PlayBook is no longer entirely useless; instead, it's been promoted to the status of irrelevant.
Source: Official BlackBerry Blog.
It's amazing that it took Research In Motion a solid 10 months after launch to deliver features that should be a mainstay of any mobile device. It seems the company put support for various Google
The software update comes just in time for the PlayBook to be promptly obliterated by the iPad 3, which is widely expected to be unveiled by Apple
As hard as it's trying, RIM simply can't seem to find homes for its written-down PlayBook inventory. The company has now resorted to giving them away to Android developers. The deadline for that promotion has passed, but RIM has decided to extend it even further until March 2. RIM attributed the extension to "overwhelming interest in the offer," but I'm skeptical of that notion.
We've already seen RIM fib a bit on its site before with claims that high volumes of orders were causing delays. I wouldn't be surprised if this was another little white lie, and the only thing overwhelming is RIM's glut of unsold tablets.
Sorry, RIM. Too little, too late.
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