Smartphone News Byte: BlackBerry CEO Says the PlayBook Will Never Get BlackBerry 10

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Smartphone News Byte: BlackBerry CEO Says the PlayBook Will Never Get BlackBerry 10

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The dozens of loyal BlackBerry PlayBook owners out there were dealt a major blow on Friday when BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that he'd stopped plans to bring the new BlackBerry 10 platform to BlackBerry's 7-inch tablet. Heins said that he was "not satisfied with the user experience" that BlackBerry 10 provided on the PlayBook, which led him to make the "difficult decision" to stop the plan and instead focus on the company's core hardware products. While the news is certainly disappointing for PlayBook fans, it's not entirely surprising since the tablet didn't sell well when it launched two years ago and Heins has largely been cool to the idea of making a new version of the device. Samsung won perhaps its most significant victory to date when it defended an import ban with the U.S. International Trade Commission against various Apple products. The agency granted the company a limited exclusion order against older iPhone and iPad models, including the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Microsoft continues to throw money down the Windows Phone well, perhaps buoyed by signs its ongoing marketing and platform support efforts are shifting the needle a few fractions. More evidence ? presumably ? of Ballmer?s money-throwing commitment to make its smartphone OS stick: carrier Telefonica has announced it will be collaborating with Microsoft to ?promote and foster sales? of Windows Phone 8.

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