Research in Motion recently said that the software in its forthcoming tablet, the PlayBook, will be used down the line in BlackBerry smartphones.
Co-CEO of the Canadian tech titan, Mike Lazaridis, said future smartphones will run more complex, multi-core processors.
“By focusing on the tablet market, we see an opportunity to free where the smartphone can go,” he said at a conference. “When we have multi-core processors across the board, they’ll all be running the Playbook platform.”
Mike declined to say when the Playbook platform would arrive in BlackBerry smartphones, though probably not for at a couple of years, considering RIM just launched its OS 6 on the Torch and revamped Bold models, a software upgrade that keeps its neck-and-neck with competitors. But a market as fast-paced as mobile, it’s good to have a plan well in advance.
RIM will launching the PlayBook early 2011. The BlackBerry maker has thus far declined to disclose sales targets for the tablet, but analysts are forecasting between 2 million and 4 million shipments next year—a fraction of how many iPads have already sold this year and will sell next year.