BlackBerry PlayBook fans will surely dislike what Ray Reddy, a former employee at RIM, has to say about the tablet just like they hated the recent BlackBerry Playbook release date rumors. Reddy, who worked at the company in acquisitions and also technology licensing, now thinks that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be a DOA and doesn’t want his PushLife software startup that he now runs to implement support for the PlayBook.
Reddy brings the following arguments against the BlackBerry PlayBook in order to demonstrate his position: the bulk lies in the lack of native applications for the QNX operating system. This is because such apps are hard to implement on the OS and this is why RIM was forced to go with Bridge, an app that “bridges” the tablet with a BlackBerry smartphone, transferring the apps to the tablet’s display.
Bridge is another reason brought by Ray Reddy against the BlackBerry PlayBook, especially to the Wi-Fi version that, according to him, will have serious problems in this respect. To add further injury, the apps that will be available when the BlackBerry PlayBook will be launched is another bad point, with all the efforts of the company to bring in more developers. But we may get to see an Android emulation somewhere down the line that could lend a helping hand with this.
Still, you might and should take what Reddy said about the BlackBerry PlayBook with a grain of salt, because he didn’t work in a management position at RIM so all the reasons and arguments brought by him are his opinions alone. This is also the position found at PushLite, as the company expressed no opinion regarding the evolution of the BlackBerry PlayBook.
The BlackBerry PlayBook might have its share of issues ( what piece of hardware and/or software is ever perfect ? ), but this doesn’t mean that the lack of native applications will be the tombstone of the BlackBerry Playbook.
And when looking at the specs of the tablet, in terms of performance and looks, the BlackBerry PlayBook doesn’t have anything to lose, as the 1 GHz dual core processor and 7-inch touchscreen will take care of all your needs. We shall see what the future brings for the tablet.
[UPDATE] It seems that a representative of Raymond Reddy has indicated that the original article ( the piece originally appeared in Business Insider ) misrepresented his opinions and feelings about the BlackBerry PlayBook…oh well, it was to be expected for Ray to retract his statements.
Kudos to IntoMobile for giving us the news about the BlackBerry PlayBook.