The USA Times: Research in Motion Releases Long Awaited PlayBook Update with Email App Built-In


(22-Feb-2012) Ten months after the release of Research in Motion's (TSX:RIM) first tablet, the device finally has an app to access email.

But analysts say it may be too late for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company to make a dent in the tablet market, particularly with a new iPad rumoured to be on the way, possibly within weeks.

RIM released an update for its PlayBook tablet Tuesday, adding a host of features including the ability to access email without connecting to a BlackBerry or using a web-based account. The email app can consolidate corporate and personal accounts as well as messages from social networks including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

"I think it's nice, but as most would say, it really should've been there a year ago when they initially launched. And I don't think that (update) alone really changes the game," said Mark Tauschek, lead research analyst for Info-Tech Research Group.

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