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    BBM and the Playbook

    Now that there is an android application for BBM does anyone know if someone has created a .bar version yet? And if so has anyone got it installed onto their playbook so it has its own BBM identity?




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    There have been a lot of questions like this, but you won't be able to get it to work because the PB is running an older version of the Android runtime. It would need 4.0 or higher.

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    If blackberry wishes to remain a force in the smartphone/tablet market it is going to have to address messaging between playbook to playbook, playbook to other devices as well as blackberry smartphones. This would be a huge step for blackberry to capture a larger share of the market. Even iPhones will talk to iPads iPods and vice versa, my playbook however is stand alone as I cannot message other play books. The new bbs for android and iOS is unavailable for playbook and doesn't talks to iPads. While it is great to have proprietary systems, messaging between many devices would be a boon to all, but especially blackberry.

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    But BlackBerry doesn't want to be apart of the tablet game.

    Which is why the PlayBook is now no longer receiving updates.

    Sure, BlackBerry may decide to release another tablet, but regardless of what happens in the future, the PlayBook will not play a role.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AVPTI View Post
    But BlackBerry doesn't want to be apart of the tablet game.

    Which is why the PlayBook is now no longer receiving updates.

    Sure, BlackBerry may decide to release another tablet, but regardless of what happens in the future, the PlayBook will not play a role.
    funny, I recently received an OS update on my blackberry. If they're giving up on playbook, they should reimburse all of us poor suckers. No wonder they are losing customers.

    playbook had many superior features to iPads, so it's a shame they dropped the ball on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GScott View Post
    funny, I recently received an OS update on my blackberry. If they're giving up on playbook, they should reimburse all of us poor suckers. No wonder they are losing customers.

    playbook had many superior features to iPads, so it's a shame they dropped the ball on it.
    Should Apple refund all the original iPad owners, as it's no longer supported?

    Should Samsung refund all the Galaxy SII owners, as it's no longer officially supported?

    This is the world of technology, it changes, old things are let go in order to move forward into the future.
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    I think he was referring to when BlackBerry had promised OS 10 on the PlayBook and used that as a marketing technique to sell PlayBooks, and then they turned around and told everyone that it wasn't going to get OS10. That was a huge blow to BlackBerry's trust.

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    How many people actually bought a PlayBook because it was getting BB10?

    No one even knew what BlackBerry 10 looked like, let alone how it worked, when those promises were made.

    Even if BlackBerry 10 did come to the PlayBook, BBM would be useless as it's only 1 device for a BBM account and devs wouldn't support an outdated 1024x640 resolution.
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    I personally know several that did. You don't remember the outcry all over online when Thorsten said no BB10 for PlayBook?

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    There was outcry when BlackBerry added a "BlackBerry Hub" icon to the home screen.

    Anything and everything the company does is scrutinized.

    After a few days, everyone calmed down and found something else to complain about.
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    Right, but they were flat out mislead, and people spent hundreds of dollars on the promise of what was coming. That's called bait and switch. Big difference to simply adding an icon.

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    Have been a playbook owner since day one, had doubts that BB10 would come to playbook at time of announcement, not having BBM on it is not a problem, I use Z30 as playbook replacement it does everything in one package probably BlackBerry's finest, they can get it right, use enjoy and move on.

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    I didn't have any doubts. When a CEO of the company says that PlayBook will get BB10, I 100% expect that to happen.

    We need to face the facts fellas, BB messed up bad on that one and tainted their image with a lot of users.

    I feel like BlackBerry could have made it right by offering a PlayBook full value trade-in for a discount on another BB device, or store credit.

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    Yes. They goofed. Hard. Very hard.

    I think a full store credit is a little extreme. It is technology, and nothing in it's future is certain. Buying something based on a promise is silly.

    Offering a $50 gift card in BlackBerry World would have been nice.
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    Speaking of $50 gift cards, I'm still trying to get mine I earned in the Dev program from April!!

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    Trust is the issue. BB made promises and reneged, might explain some of the financial issues the company is in today. I liked the Playbook which had many superior features to the iPad, but I was also expecting BB to support it more vigorously. Even Apple gives credit for turned in obsolete iPhones and iPads. Technology does change, but in regard to Playbook, BB just abandoned all those customers.

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