updated 07:55 pm EDT, Tue March 29, 2011
Company solidifies features ahead of launch
Just weeks ahead of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launch, the company has reportedly solidified several software features that were previously mentioned. The device will eventually integrate native e-mail, calendar and contact apps directly on the tablet. The move is expected to close the gap between the tablet experience and that of RIM's BlackBerry smartphone lineup following the broader transition to QNX.
In a recent presentation, the company claimed the features will arrive as a "future software update," though a specific time-frame remains unclear, according to an excerpt posted by CrackBerry.
Aside from the native BlackBerry utilities, the company recently confirmed that the tablets will also be capable of running Android apps. The expanded support is not expected until the summer, however, in a similar schedule to the native SDK release.
Customers can already place pre-orders for the PlayBook, which costs $500 and is scheduled to ship on April 19 in the US and Canada.