BlackBerry 10 OS And Native BBM To Hit PlayBook Tablet In January?

By Johnny Wills email: j.wills@mobilenapps.com | Dec 28, 2012 03:29 PM EST

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The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is nearly two years old and its users still hope to get native support for BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) plus an update to the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 OS.

RIM silently pushed out PlayBook OS 2 update to it tablet earlier this year. The update brought the BBM functionality to the tablet via BlackBerry Bridge feature. However, it was not enough to satisfy PlayBook users as it requires a BlackBerry smartphone to simulate BBM on PlayBook.

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BlackBerry loyalists have some good news in store for them as reports suggest that RIM may fulfil the dream of its fans as early as next month.

Images of the BlackBerry Messenger running on the PlayBook tablet surfaced online earlier this week, courtesy Chinese Web site BBOTA.cn. It appears that the native BBM app will finally land on the PlayBook tablet this time.

According to a leaked internal RIM document that was posted on Web site Crackberry.com, BlackBerry 10 OS will have a new feature that RIM calls BBM Video. The tech site pulled down the document following a request (safe to assume, from RIM). However, it leaked quite a few details about the upcoming feature.

As it appears, the BBM Video will enable video conferencing via the popular BlackBerry Messenger app. It will act as a plug-in and a chat session via BBM can be transitioned to BBM Video flat out. The BBM Video will make use of BBM Voice that enables voice communication over a Wi-Fi network.

RIM is working for past many months on BlackBerry 10 OS that will rival with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone ecosystems. RIM's efforts will go public in early 2013. Earlier this month, the Canadian company sent out media invites for its BlackBerry 10 launch event that is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2013. A strong possibility exists that RIM will not officially let on any details regarding native BBM support for the PlayBook tablet until its BlackBerry 10 event is over.

Are you a proud owner of BlackBerry PlayBook? What does the BlackBerry 10 OS and native BBM app mean to you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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