In the post Sencha Or Adobe Flash, What’s The Future Of Mobile Apps Developers was published yesterday, we mentioned that RIM confirmed and showed off a new web browser for the BlackBerry based on WebKit. In fact, rumors of a BlackBerry tablet have been circulating for months, following Flash Player 10.1 On The Upcoming Motorola Droid X, today “a source close to RIM” also confirmed the rumors haven’t covered yet: Blackberry Tablet Will Support Flash.
“Our source said that the BlackBerry tablet will indeed include Flash, and will have a hardware-based Flash accelerator.”
reported by betanews.
I don’t think “Support Flash” will be a news before Apple Steve Jobs outspokenly denied support for Adobe Flash. But now, everything is different.
June 2010, Adobe announced that the final version of Flash Player 10.1 has been sent to mobile platform partners, which included support for Android, webOS, Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo, Symbian, and, as expected, BlackBerry.
Rumors that Blackberry Tablet will have a 7-inch screen and run on a 1GHz processor, and include a front and back facing camera for video-conferencing.
No further details have been given about any possible date of launch, but speculation is that it would be released during the holiday season.
“Seasonal buying has done wonders for devices like the Motorola Droid which launched during last year’s holiday season and went on to become the best-selling Android phone to date,”
Of course, nobody know what to make of any potential BlackBerry-powered tablet and how well it might do, but it would probably be a worthy alternative to the iPad for enterprise environments that already employ RIM’s line of smartphones.
If all are true, I think it would be interesting to see how Apple responds, don’t you think so?
In addition, iPhone made a huge success in the United States, but still behind BlackBerry in market share. Below is some market share data of smart phones.
(Market Share 2008)
(Worldwilde smartphone market share 08, 09)
(Market share on Nov-09, Feb-10)