BlackBerry will soon find out if their mobile engine switch to QNX for their first tablet (instead of the BlackBerry OS that powers their phones) will pay off next month. BGR reports that the BlackBerry PlayBook launches in a little over a month from now.
Meanwhile, BGR reports that HP believes that the PlayBook merely copies their own webOS powered Touchpad. HP spent $1.2 billion to buy Palm and their webOS mobile platform.
2011 is shaping up as the year of the tablet. Motorolla launched the first Android OS 3.0 powered tablet just last week. RIM and HP are queuing for their own tablet releases. Microsoft’s Windows 7 tablets have quietly made their way into the market. Meanwhile the 800 pound gorilla in the form of the iPad 2 launches on March 11. Given Apple’s huge successful headstart and rich app library, I predict only ond and perhaps two of the alternative tablet platforms will be around two years from now.