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.