RIM says tablet software is future for smartphones

By : |December 8, 2010 0

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Research in Motion Ltd said the software in its forthcoming tablet will eventually find its way into its flagship BlackBerry line of smartphones.

RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said on Tuesday the platform used in its Playbook tablet is also targeted for future smartphones that run more complex, multi-core processors.

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"By focusing on the tablet market, we see an opportunity to free where the smartphone can go," he said at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference.

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"When we have multi-core processors across the board, they’ll all be running the Playbook platform," Lazaridis said. But he declined to say when it would arrive in BlackBerry smartphones.

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RIM is launching the 7-inch PlayBook in the first quarter of 2011, in a bid to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPad.

Lazaridis also touted the Flash compatibility of the PlayBook, in an obvious dig at the iPad, which does not run Flash-based programs or websites.

"We’re all using Flash … why wouldn’t we expect our tablets to run Flash?" he said.

RIM has not disclosed sales targets for the PlayBook, but analysts forecast between 2 million and 4 million shipments next year.

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