3:00 PM -- The pressure is on BlackBerry to start 2011 with a bang, and much of it falls to its new PlayBook tablet, entering what's fast becoming a very competitive market. (See RIM Shows Off PlayBook Tablet.)
Barclays Capital analyst Jeff Kvaal said in a note to clients today that RIM was caught off guard by the quick pace of technical advancement in mobile this year. So, to make sure it's better prepped for the dizzying pace of change next year, the company has revealed more of its PlayBook plans this week.
RIM officially announced that it has opened up its developer portal today, allowing developers to start creating for the platform. Those whose apps it deems worthy will get a PlayBook in exchange for their efforts. (See BlackBerry Now Taking PlayBook Apps.)
In another analyst note today, Gleacher & Company analyst Mark McKechnie says RIM is mulling letting Android onboard its QNX-based PlayBook, but as Fortune points out, this is unlikely given compatibility constraints.
The PlayBook will be launched in the first half of 2011 with carrier support, RIM says. Its likely first target is the enterprise, but the price has yet to be announced.
That's what we know right now, but RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis will be speaking at All Things Digital's D:Dive Into Mobile conference this afternoon. Check back to the comments section on this blog for (remote) updates on his talk.
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