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Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Hardware |

Requiem for a BlackBerry Playbook

Requiem for a BlackBerry Playbook

If you want to become a BlackBerry Playbook, now is the time. Tablets from Research in Motion (RIM) are one step away from becoming museum pieces. In the last hours has been reported that these devices are disappearing from the shelves. No, not a sales fever, but the Canadian brand has surrendered to the latest version of your device and is withdrawing from the stores internationally.

The announcement takes us by surprise, especially when the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE was offered for sale recently in early August and the development of BlackBerry 10 and in an evaluation phase . What happened? The main hypothesis is that sales have been so low that had no other. For now, it has been removed from most stores in the U.S., and the only way to get it is through a manufacturer’s official site.

The move reminds us a little of what happened last year with HP, when the company acquired Palm in April , and a couple of months later, launched the TouchPad . Unexpectedly, the company took a turn in August to suspend the development of all devices based on WebOS, leaving helpless to a newcomer to the tablet market.

What do think RIM after the withdrawal of the BlackBerry Playbook? Will realized that it was unable to compete in the market, especially with the entry of Google and Microsoft as the manufacturer? I do not think they have given up so quickly, but probably will be waiting to get a new version of its tablet, and supported in its ecosystem with BlackBerry 10. What is that sales had to be very poor to risk the embarrassment of removing a relatively new product and market.

For now, a moment of silence for the tablet. already know if we will see.

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