RIM PlayBook interface coming to BlackBerry devices?

BlackBerry's Balsillie strongly suggests this may be the case.

New BlackBerrys will soon look and feel like BlackBerry's Playbook tablet, co-CEO Jim Balsillie strongly suggested at the Web 2.0 Summit on Tuesday.

Balsillie relayed an audience member's question before answering it: "What you are asking is, when are we going to shrink the packaging so that you can hold it up to your ear." Good question.

His answer: "I can't get into future products, but it's not the hardest thing in the world to repackage." Balsillie says it's just a matter of shrinking down the PlayBook's interface to the size of a smartphone screen.

RIM has clearly been trying to make its BlackBerry smartphones a little sexier -- see the company's new BlackBerry Torch, which looks much less utilitarian and a lot more "designed."

RIM now seems poised to do the same thing to the inside of its phones -- the user interface -- perhaps to appeal to mobile users who are addicted to their BlackBerrys, but who admire the look of the iPhone's UI.

Mobile Payments

Google announced support for mobile payments in Android at Web 2.0 yesterday, and, not to be outdone, Balsillie says BlackBerrys will soon do the same.

This means that the phones will have near field communications (NFC) chips onboard, allowing them to issue financial credentials at the point of sale. In other words, you will soon be able to pay for things using your phone, instead of having to dig out your credit card.

Tags research in motiontablet PCtelecommunicationWeb 2.0mobileRIM BlackBerry

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mark Sullivan

PC World (US online)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest News Articles

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?