Honestly, I find the silence quite deafening. This is not some new product waiting in the wings to be sprung on an unsuspecting world. It's an upgrade of a two year old product, that is so far behind what was originally promised and or implied, that virtually none of us would have purchased it had we known in advance what we were in for. We were told that PlayBook was in essence BB10 and we were told that from the start. We purchased our PlayBooks as statement of support for a company that we believed in. Hell, when we bought them they didn't even do e-mail properly. A fact which continues to boggle the mind since it was one of the largest technological kick me signs ever devised.
I can think of no good reason for BlackBerry's laconism on the PlayBook. A target date needs to exist for an upgrade and this date needs to be known by BlackBerry's customers. At present, we sit here watching BB10 apps go by that we cannot run, while the number of apps being developed for the PlayBook are understandably abysmal. I wouldn't develop an app for the PlayBook either. We don't need to have a full blown BB10 experience on our two year old, never reached their potential tablets. We can certainly exist without the hub, since we existed without e-mail, sans Bridge. What we do need, is the BB10 keyboard that doesn't sit and ponder the meaning of life prior to finally spitting out words long forgotten. We need to retain our version of Bridge and its functionality. The ability to run current BB10 apps, therefore Cascades. The updated BB10 browser and the new Jellybean version of Android. That's it.
I think any PlayBook owner would be ecstatic if they woke up to find those long promised features were but an upgrade away. We've been waiting a very long time and we haven't been acknowledged as even existing. The two year anniversary is fast approaching for BB7 users. Those of us that voted BlackBerry with our wallets are looking to upgrade in the next two to three months. Continued silence from BlackBerry is not going to get us to re-elect BlackBerry this time around. I purchased my PlayBook to co-exist with my 9900. My 9900 is about to be passed down and I'm getting a new phone. I don't see my PlayBook in its current form co-existing with a Z10, Q10, or even an A10. That means that the reasons for staying in the BlackBerry environment are less than before. I find myself sideloading more and more Android apps on my PlayBook. If those apps existed in BlackBerry World, I would be much happier to load the BB10 versions than to go searching for Android Apks, converting them and then testing them on my PlayBook. With each Android app I load, and with each additional day that BlackBerry doesn't provide any information on what, if anything, they are doing with the PlayBook, I find myself looking more and more in the Android direction.
I would fully understand if BlackBerry decided to cut their losses with PlayBook and stop all further development and upgrades. They have that right, but as a long time BlackBerry customer, I have the right to know that. I could then make an informed decision on whether to cut MY losses. What I am saying is that the silence is no longer tolerable and that I am making my decision soon. I am sure that many others are as well. The current lack of information from BlackBerry does not instill confidence, since it makes no sense. If they were updating the PlayBook, what reason could they possibly have for not telling us about it? They leak like a proverbial sieve for everything else.