The BlackBerry PlayBook is BlackBerry's first tablet and their first device using a brand new QNX-powered operating system. The 7-inch tablet boasts a characteristic touch-sensitive bezel which enables a whole series of gestures to summon menus and switch between applications. BlackBerry Bridge allows data from a BlackBerry smartphone to be seen and worked with on the PlayBook, though software updates introduced many of those functions as stand-alone on the tablet. The BlackBerry PlayBook was announced on September 27, 2010, and released on April 19, 2011.
The original version of the device was Wi-Fi only, but a year later LTE-enabled PlayBooks were made available. Models were produced with 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB of internal storage, and had a full array of inputs, including the first micro-HDMI port on a BlackBerry device and a custom quick-charge plug. The PlayBook was the first BlackBerry device to employ video chat and a front-facing camera, a feature which was later brought to the smartphone side on the BlackBerry Z10. On the front face are two high-quality speakers to provide stereo sound.
Following yesterday's BlackBerry PlayBook update and subsequent recognition that this is the last OS update the BlackBerry PlayBook will ever see, the community has been pretty vocal. Looking back at the history of the PlayBook, it really is a sad story. So much potential, but instead we're left with shattered dreams, broken promises and what still feels all these years later, like an unfinished project.
What a lot of people may not realize is that the vision for original BlackBerry tablet was much simpler. As the story goes, what Research In Motion founder Mike Lazaridis originally wanted was a simple big screen companion device for his BlackBerry Smartphone. Much more a simple multimedia accessory and much less a full blown standalone tablet. Plans were already in motion on this one before Apple announced the original iPad in early 2010, but after that announcement BlackBerry pivoted and the vision for BlackBerry's tablet became much BIGGER, and of course, much more difficult to execute on.
What's ironic, and is well illustrated by the message I received this morning from CrackBerry member Jsolts, is that the original basic "big window to a BlackBerry" functionality is still what's wanted today!Continue Reading →
There's a depressing saying that goes something like, "Everybody dies twice. The first time when you stop breathing, and the second time when somebody mentions your name for the last time."
In the case of the BlackBerry PlayBook, the first death came when BlackBerry made it clear they would not be delivering BlackBerry 10 to the tablet. The PlayBook is now (arguably) approaching its second death with word coming via BlackBerry's official Software Support Life Cycle site that shows April 2014 will mark the end of support for BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.x and 2.1.x.Continue Reading →
Cruising through the forums today, I came across this post from TheJelen with an interesting BlackBerry PlayBook 2 design. The concept here is a big ol' beast packing plenty of processing power, more than enough RAM, a huge battery and a 10" screen. It would of course be running BlackBerry 10 as well and have plenty of customization options at the ready. There would even be two headphone jacks and four speakers for amazing sound. Overall quite the concept if you ask me.Continue Reading →
For you folk that are still rocking a BlackBerry PlayBook you may well want to grab some flappy action thanks to Flappy Herbie Saga: Trolls Of The Forest. We recently announced that the Flappy Birds spin off was available for BlackBerry 10 and it has now made its way over to the BlackBerry tablet.Continue Reading →
Looking back to when BlackBerry released their first tablet, the PlayBook, seems an age ago now. When BlackBerry 10 came to the market PlayBook users were looking forward to the new OS running on their PlayBook's as promised by the company themselves. Unfortunately, things changed and getting BlackBerry 10 onto the tablet never panned out.Continue Reading →
An Indiegogo campaign recently kicked off for Sky Drone FPV, a project which would allow users to remotely view from an unmanned aerial vehicle via BlackBerry 10 device or PlayBook. Rather than relying on traditional image relay techniques which are subject to a lot of interference, the Sky Drone uses a 3G and LTE modem to send its image to the BlackBerry. Users will be able to record 1080p video and take still pictures, all transmitted over AES 256 encryption. On the ground, you'll be able to pilot the device from your phone or tablet and watch the action from the low-latency video feed and optional data overlay.Continue Reading →
With the BlackBerry PlayBook not set to receive any further significant upgrades, there has been plenty of folks out there looking towards Android, iOS and even Microsoft to fill their tablet needs.
A new Nexus 7 was just announced, Apple has the hottest selling tablet ever with new iterations on the way and while Microsoft hasn't exactly been making waves with their tablets, they did recently see a price drop making them more affordable than ever before.
So, the question has to be asked. If you're in the market for a new tablet, what will you be going for?Continue Reading →
David Smith, executive VP of mobile computing and the head of the PlayBook, has resigned due to personal reasons, according to a BlackBerry spokesperson.
*** UPDATED BY KEVIN:
I reached out to BlackBerry for an official statement on David Smith's departure. Having spoken to David in the past, I know he's a passionate supporter of BlackBerry. Here's the official word:
"David J Smith has resigned from BlackBerry for personal reasons. He continues to come into work every day and is committed to working with BlackBerry through a proper transition."
Sometimes personal reasons are just that, personal. Don't read into this one for more than what the statement says - no funny business going on here. ***Continue Reading →
Following up on the results of CrackBerry's Mega BlackBerry Survey, the next area to deep dive into is the section of questions directed at PlayBook tablet owners.
With official word coming during BlackBerry's recent earnings report that the PlayBook will not be receiving an update to BlackBerry 10, the active PlayBook community on CrackBerry pretty much went into a rage. On the earnings call we didn't receive too much information as to exactly why this decision was made, so heading to BlackBerry HQ for our annual visit we were hoping for some answers and closure, which we did receive.
The bottom line as we were told? While BlackBerry *could* have put BB10 on the PlayBook, the performance would have been so bad that you'd likely be wanting to downgrade to your existing OS, and CEO Thorsten Heins made a commitment to no longer deliver any sub par BlackBerry products to market.Continue Reading →
We had some time to talk to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins in Waterloo following the annual general meeting this week. High on our list of questions was about BlackBerry 10 not coming to the PlayBook. This was announced last week during the quarterly financial results, and the outcry from the CrackBerry community has been vocal to say the least. In broad terms, Heins said during the call that BB10 on PlayBook wasn't running as smoothly as they would like, so they decided to stop development. We had guessed as much; after all, the dev alpha devices ran BB10 way better with 2 GB of memory, so one can imagine how the PlayBook would have fared with 1 GB.Continue Reading →
The dreams of seeing BB10 come to the BlackBerry PlayBook were officially shattered today...Continue Reading →
Check out this tutorial on how to get up and running on your BlackBerry PlayBookContinue Reading →
When you talk about BlackBerry 10 on the BlackBerry PlayBook, it's sure to cause some commotion. When you go posting images of BlackBerry 10 running on the BlackBerry PlayBook, it's sure to cause an even bigger commotion. With that in mind, there have been a few images appearing here and there with BlackBerry 10 running on the PlayBook. Now, before everyone loses their minds over them let me say this. Yes, they're legit -- but only kind of. Ever since BlackBerry 10 was in beta form, people have been trying to load it onto their PlayBooks.Continue Reading →
With BlackBerry Live 2013 now over, it's time to look back at some of the things the CrackBerry Community was hoping for and did not getContinue Reading →
Some great news for BlackBerry today came via the U.S. Department of Defense. After having put the devices through testing, the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 along with the BlackBerry PlayBook, have all been approved for use on the U.S. Department of Defense networks when coupled with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10.
"The U.S. Department of Defense's strict security requirements are amongst the highest in the world, and this allows other government bodies to follow suit. The role of BlackBerry including devices and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 continues to be important and relevant for security conscious organizations."
Earlier this year, you may remember BlackBerry 10 became FIPS certified before it had even publicly launched, so the news of approval by the DoD might not be all that surprising to some. In any case, it's another nod to the security BlackBerry continues to offer built right into their devices. If you're looking for the full press release, you can jump below to view it.Continue Reading →
A BlackBerry director of product management confirmed a new PlayBook is on the horizonContinue Reading →
The popular game FlyCraft has been updated for BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook and this latest version brings some nice new treats to the game. We featured FlyCraft last year when it first became available for the BlackBerry PlayBook and it has been a big hit - even more so now you can play it on your BlackBerry Z10.Continue Reading →
Although there is no real shortage of streaming music apps available in BlackBerry World, another popular option has now arrived and is available for free on BlackBerry 10 devices as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook. 8Tracks brings a little bit of a different swing with their app in the fact it boasts more than 650,000+ mixes and playlists created by folks like yourself. Find a playlist you like or create your own and let it roll on through as you jam away to the tunes.Continue Reading →
In Canada and celebrating Family Day? This post is for you!Continue Reading →