It’s not too long ago that RIM released the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, which has taken care of many issues with the PlayBook tablet device. RIM is speculated to already be working on a sequel to it already, one that is tentatively named PlayBook OS 2.1. We have already come across news of RIM working on the next gen PlayBook in both 7 and 10 inch versions, as well as the BlackBerry 10 OS that would serve as the single OS for both its BlackBerry range of smartphones and the PlayBook tablet. The Playbook OS 2.0 might be a stop gap measure in between to soothe those who have been irked by the PlayBook’s lack of certain key features. However, that does not seem to be the case.
The new OS, currently code named “RIM Tablet OS 2.1.” The results indicate the browser is doing better than many other browsers used on the tablets that flood the market today.
What is also nice to see is that the BlackBerry 10 OS is listed on the BlackBerry PlayBook site. As such, it seems likely that RIM is working on two operating systems simultaneously, one for the PlayBook OS 2.1 and the other for BlackBerry 10. However, with RIM already having stated that the PlayBook will eventually be provided with BlackBerry 10 after the OS is first allowed to run on the new range of BlackBerry smartphones, the PlayBook OS 2.1 might be launched before BlackBerry 10 goes live. Also, with the BlackBerry 10 not likely to be ready for action on the PlayBook earlier than the end of 2012, the PlayBook OS 2.1 can be expected to be launched much earlier than that to allow for a decent period of operation before BlackBerry 10 taken over.