BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Software Update For Flash 10.3 And AIR 2.7

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Software Update For Flash 10.3 And AIR 2.7

RIM announced during their latest quarterly earnings call that they had sold 500,000 units of the PlayBook tablet; not a tiny number by any measure. It's not nearly as many as Apple sold of their iPad 2, but frankly, there are two different markets being served here. Even RIM admits that they're mostly targeting folks who already own a BlackBerry handset, and given that the email client partly relies on having a BB nearby, it's easy to see how accurate that is.

But either way, RIM's shedding some of that bad news with a bit of positivity here. The company's first major BlackBerry Tablet OS has been released, bringing the OS up to v1.0.6. That update delivers support for Adobe's Flash 10.3 player as well as AIR 2.7. A number of new apps will be able to run on this unit thanks to the latter, and of course, Flash performance is expected to improve with Flash 10.3.


Today’s update also incorporates the Adobe Flash Player updates as noted in Adobe Security Bulletins APSB11-12 and APSB11-18, which addresses issues that can potentially affect any PC, tablet or other device with an operating system that supports Flash. This free update can be downloaded over-the-air from your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Existing users will automatically receive a software update notification on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet status ribbon, or they can check for the software update at any time in the settings menu under Software Updates. If you buy a PlayBook this week, however, it'll be updated as part of the setup process.
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With the focus's mentioned RIM is really even a special division of the PC market so it is 2 down in that market 3 down with Apple thrown into the picture your looking at. So I would think 500,000 is actually pretty good indeed really. How many Xoom's and Samsung slates have sold in comparison, and realize those units are in a different area of PC compatible communication etc slate's than they are and those numbers look much better.

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I agree with the article and rapid1 that 500,000 units is not too shabby. The one thing I don't understand is why the flash player does not seem to be upgradable without a OS update each time flash gets updated they seem to push out an OS update at the same time which included the flash update. Personally I would not have designed it so that the flash player is so deeply embedded.

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