BlackBerry 10 Tablet Rumor Is Not True

By Binu Paul email: b.paul@mobilenapps.com | Mar 01, 2013 10:28 AM EST

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The hullabaloo around a recent rumor that a BlackBerry 10 (BB10) tablet is in the making has been shot down by the primary source himself. The origin of the recently flared up talks about BB10 coming to tablets was credited to Sarim Aziz, the head of developer relations for Asia Pacific at BlackBerry, who has now come out with a clarification that he was misquoted on the issue.

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Unwired View had recently reported (via Know Your Mobile) that Sarim Aziz has confirmed the arrival of BlackBerry 10 tablet during the recent Blackberry Z10 launch in Mumbai, India.

"The BB10 tablet is definitely coming later this year," he was quoted as saying in the report. The news spread pretty fast over the Internet, raising the hopes of BB10 enthusiasts wanting to see the operating system on their tablets.

However, Aziz later clarified his remark to Engadget that he was misquoted and that the Canadian company has no immediate plans for a new tablet. He said the company will be directing its sole focus on to the recently released Z10 and Q10 smartphones for now.

While it would be bad news for people hoping to see a second version of PlayBook, it's assumed that the company is working on to bring the BlackBerry 10 OS on to its earlier launched PlayBook tablet; however, we are yet to hear an official word on that.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) has pushed out the first update for the BlackBerry Z10, the only device with the latest BlackBerry 10 OS. The update brings in a couple of fixes. including battery life improvements, performance enhancements of multimedia and third-party apps, and enterprise features around calendars and contacts.

The download is approximately 150MB in size and is available over the air (OTA). "We'll be rolling out the update with all of our carrier partners around the globe over the coming weeks," the company said in a press release. It's recommended that users update to 10.0.10.85 over a Wi-Fi connection, since 150MB might be slow and can be quite expensive going over mobile data.

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