The BlackBerry PlayBook is a mini tablet computer made by BlackBerry. The PlayBook is the first device to run BlackBerry Tablet OS, based on QNX Neutrino, and runs apps developed using Adobe AIR. It was later announced that the BlackBerry Tablet OS would be merged with the existing BlackBerry OS to produce a new operating system, BlackBerry 10, which would be used universally across BlackBerry’s product line. The PlayBook also supports Android OS applications, allowing them to be sold and installed through the BlackBerry App World store.
At the initial launch, between 2,000 and 3,000 apps were available from the BlackBerry App World. As of May 1, 2012, there are over 24,700 PlayBook applications available in BlackBerry App World.
BlackBerry announced on March 24, 2011, that it would expand its application ecosystem for the PlayBook to include BlackBerry Java and Android-based applications. In a press release, BlackBerry stated that developers would be able to simply repackage, code sign, and submit their Android apps into BlackBerry App World, however for the first update, only Android 2.3 applications will be able to run on the PlayBook. These applications became available in the BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0, released on February 21, 2012. However, Java applications will not be available until a future update. Popular Android applications that have not been ported onto BlackBerry world such as Pinterest and Whatsapp can be installed by users through the sideloading process. DVD to BlackBerry PlayBook/DVD to BlackBerry PlayBook on Mac
The first PlayBook was a 7 in (180 mm) tablet with Wi-Fi connectivity and a dual core, 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor. Customers could purchase the W-iFi PlayBook in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB storage configurations. In June 2012, the 16 GB model was discontinued though the 32 GB and 64 GB Wi-Fi versions remained for sale.
In August 2012, the PlayBook 4G LTE was released in Canada. It featured a dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor, 4G LTE and UMTS/HSPA+ cellular connectivity, and an NFC chip. Unlike the earlier PlayBook model, the PlayBook 4G LTE is was only sold through carrier channels. In November 2012, another variant of the 1.5 GHZ PlayBook, the PlayBook 3G+, was released in the UK. Unlike the earlier Wi-Fi models, the 4G LTE and 3G+ models are not available in 16 GB or 64 GB versions.
Following the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system and the BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed that the company was exploring the opportunities for future tablet releases but had not announced further plans in the tablet market.