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BlackBerry promises to bring BB10 to PlayBooks

Existing tablets to get updated, Christmas sales figures bode well for its future

By MARK JONES

Published: 31 January, 2013

READ MORE: US | OS | BlackBerry

Though the PlayBook may have been a lacklustre tablet compared to its rivals when it was first released time has been surprisingly kind to the device. This has become apparent in the last week as Thorsten Heins has confirmed that they'll all be getting the update to BB10 and recent sales figures suggest the future is brighter for the devices than might have been expected.

There was some uncertainty before the big launch of the new OS whether the tablet would make the jump although it had already been said it would, but those fears have now been laid to rest.


A few months ago the news might not have meant that much but if a recent report of the PlayBook's Christmas sales in the UK are to be believed then it could be a sign of a successful future for the tablet and OS. According to IT distribution tracker Context the PlayBook outsold the iPad when looking at the UK's distribution channels in the last two months of 2012.

While the figures don't take into account sales from Apple's stores the fact that the PlayBook sold 160,000 devices in November and December is significant. Despite having some obvious downsides compared to its rivals the PlayBook appears to have won people over with its low £129 price tag.

With the promise of BlackBerry 10 in the future and a growing number of apps in the BlackBerry World store it seems like the PlayBook could become an even more popular alternative to the likes of the Nexus 7. BlackBerry has yet to announce any plans for a new tablet running BB10 but for now the combination of a low price and new OS may be enough to keep the brand in the minds of tablet buyers.

Unfortunately Heins gave no idea of when to expect the update but until then users can still enjoy the benefits of BlackBerry's 70,000 strong app store.

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