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Updated: Is This Why RIM Won’t Let You Touch a BlackBerry PlayBook?

Update: As we said before we know that RIM has been showing off the PlayBook to select individuals.RIM contacted us to clarify that the picture below is just a app that offers a hands on demo of the PlayBook. It seems like somebody left the PlayBook on with that demo app running so you are actually seeing an app not the actual PlayBook OS.

BlackBerry Playbook Menu

We know that RIM is still in the early stages of designing a user layer for the QNX based OS of the BlackBerry PlayBook. At all of the shows where they have been showing off the PlayBook they have not let anybody (except for a select few partners and carriers) actually touch and use the device. eWeek managed to snag a picture of the PlayBook showing an odd menu at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2010 compared to the usual looping video it has shown elsewhere.

I am not sure if this is the only frontend available for the PlayBook right now but I doubt it. It could be that this is just a looping video app menu that they have written for QNX though some of these options seem odd. Like what does “Attach” do? Feel free to scour the image and give us your thoughts!

via eWeek via IntoMobile

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  1. Looks like a demo or test application you might write to show off different platform features. Press a button, see the feature.

  2. I wouldn’t be worried about that. It looks like an app of some sort, as marc.paradise suggests, a demo or test app. It’s certainly not “the blue screen of death”. I agree with RIM in not allowing their competitors to play with it till it’s ready & released.

    I just hope RIM can get it out before we start seeing a swarm of Android tablets. They need to nail this one and nail it down fast. All eyes are on RIM and what they can do with their newly acquired assets and their ability to deliver the goods.

  3. Yeah, I’ve seen apps like this on demo hardware from other manufacturers before the code was fully ready. I wouldn’t think it’s anything to worry about.

    I’m with Joe though…RIM had better knock this out of the park, deliver it ON TIME and FULLY SUPPORTED. Anything less and they’re going to crushed by the Apple and Google juggernauts. There will be a dozen or more Android tablets and a 2nd generation iPad on the street likely before PlayBook launches. Expectations are going to be constantly escalating.

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