According to a report in TechHive, RIM’s PlayBook tablet is disappearing from online retailers in the US. The blog notes that the PlayBook is no longer available at Wal-Mart.com, BestBuy.com, RadioShack.com, Staples.com and OfficeDepot.com.
IDC analyst Bob O’Donnel believes RIM is selling through its inventory and not replenishing its supply of the tablet. The company may be investing its resources into a new PlayBook running BlackBerry 10, instead of continuing with its failed tablet device. RIM has not confirmed that it is working on a BB10 tablet, but most smartphone manufactures now offer a tablet to both complement their smartphones and round out their mobile device portfolio. If RIM wants to be competitive in the mobile space, it may have to follow suit with a bigger and better tablet device.