Maker of BlackBerry Introduces Tablet

>> Tuesday, September 28, 2010



OTTAWA (Time New York Time) - Research In Motion, the Canadian maker of BlackBerry, introduced its first tablet PC on Monday at a developer conference in San Francisco. But a return to his roots, the company said the new device, the BlackBerry playbook, mainly aimed at professional users.

After the popularization of wireless e-mail, RIM has transferred much of its leadership in the smartphone market from Apple and mobile phones based on Android operating system from Google.

The launch of a tablet PC will not end criticism from some analysts that RIM is now catching up with Apple. But at the end of the playbook of Apple iPad, Michael Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM, to distinguish said that the new tablet contains several features requested by the ministries of information technology business.

In a speech to delegates in Congress, Mr. Lazaridis playbook called "the first tablet professional" and repeatedly emphasized that it fully compatible with special servers that companies and governments now use to control and monitor the BlackBerry employees.

Although the company offered few details about the new device, it has many questions unanswered, including the price of the tablet. The company was also vague about the release date, saying only that it will be available early next year.

Among the new features of the playbook that will enable documents on computer screens or television to watch, but Mr. Lazaridis made no effort to use during his presentation. If animation that reproduces the plane appeared above him on a big screen, it is not little more with the playbook in hand to light.

"This is a very real product," said Charles S. Golvin, principal analyst at Forrester Research. "But of course, is very much a work in progress."

Perhaps responding to criticism that the operating system for mobile RIM is exceeded, the playbook used a new operating system developed by QNX Software Systems, a Harman International RIM acquired earlier this year.

The new device can also web pages created using Adobe Flash, a capability not found on the IPAD. To underline this point, Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe, appeared on stage with Mr. Lazaridis.

Although RIM's phones and tablets will be incompatible operating systems, Mr. Golvin expect that application developers outside software work around this problem by using Flash, and the standard protocols of the webpage.

R.I.M. was far behind Apple in terms of the number of applications available for its handheld devices. But immediately after the announcement of strategies, Amazon said it would be an application executed Kindle e-book for the book of matches.

Unlike the more expensive iPads, the playbook is not direct access to cellular networks. Users can however access the Internet via a Bluetooth wireless connection for their Blackberry or the use of WiFi networks

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