As well as some big price cuts planned, Research in Motion (RIM) is prepping a big update for its Blackberry Playbook tablet which is set to roll out in October, as the Canadian communication co. seeks to get the slab back on track after a slow opening season.
Sales have been lacklustre after RIM’s big launch of its first foray into the tablet market back in April of this year and the company is hoping that a wave of updates and new additions to the Playbook’s available native apps will help in raising the game up to the seemingly insurmountable challenge of Apple’s iPad and other high-end slates such as Samsung Galaxy Tab range. In a conference call RIM has recently admitted to a 15% revenue drop, and that profits have plummeted by 47% in comparison to last quarter.
Playbook owners and potential buyers will be treated to a whole bunch of new features, as RIM launches its new assault with an arsenal of apps including the long awaited Blackberry Bridge support, improved web-browsing capabilities and a exciting Blackberry Video Store with a rental stock of more than 10,000 film titles, as well as popular television shows. By using the HDMI connection the Playbook can relay high definition output to television sets, delivering Blackberry content to the living room.
BlackBerry DevCon Conference, October 18-20 is said to be the date that this announcement will become the real deal, and also the site of RIM’s reveal of a new 2012 range of Blackberry smartphones.
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