BlackBerry 10 could still be released for PlayBook

BlackBerry 10 could still be released for PlayBook

BlackBerry Mexico has caused a significant amount of internet debate this week after allegedly tweeting details about the release of Blackberry 10 for its PlayBook device.

The company's chief executive Thorsten Heins had previously stated earlier in the month that the operating system would not be arriving on the device, and the firm would instead be focusing on what he described as the 'future view of tablets'.

He said at the time: "We’ve talked about PlayBook numerous times now, the pure hardware play is not really making a lot of sense, now I have to think of BlackBerry 10 as a platform not just as a product."

"So going forward we will focus on that future view of tablet (whatever that constitutes) I want to focus on the future, and that’s where I’m going to spend our money."

Some of the focus has been on licensing out BlackBerry Messenger, as well as its BES technology to rivals Apple and Android.

The move is seen by many analysts as being a significant attempt by the Canadian company to turn its fortunes around.

Mr Heins even argued that tablet devices were already a dying trend within the industry, and therefore not worth pursuing.

Its latest operating system BlackBerry 10 is currently only available on the latest Z10 and Q10 smartphones, with developers spending a significant amount of time on ensuring it was ready for commercial release.

The tweet from BlackBerry Mexico, which has since been deleted reportedly read: "Hello. In the next few weeks will be available OS10 update w / the PlayBooK! Please be alert!"

The PlayBook was originally released two years ago, but has struggled to make an impact within the market.

It remains difficult to determine the precise nature of the tweet that sparked the news, but many analysts are certain that the introduction of BlackBerry 10 would breathe new life into the device's capabilities, as it would enable it to run thousands of extra apps.