Over the past few months, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has significantly grown in popularity. The price drop is most likely what contributed to its success – success that has made the PlayBook own 15% of Canada's market share.
Today, RIM held its Q4 earnings call. During it, new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that RIM has "over one million" PlayBook customers. That's a pretty decent number considering that the PlayBook started out its life on a rather rocky road. Heins also stated that 70% of those customers have upgraded their tablets to PlayBook OS 2.0. That in and of itself isn't a big deal; what is a big deal that the CEO said that the update offers a great look into what will be coming with BlackBerry 10 later this year.
The PlayBook isn't dead, and Heins is doing an absolutely fantastic job as CEO. Not only is he pushing BlackBerry 10 as the next big thing and also as the company's first true competitor to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone; he's also cleaning out RIM's executive-level employees. Today, he showed the door to Jim Balsillie, David Yach, and Jim Rowan – a RIM board member, CTO of software, and COO of global operations, respectively.[The Verge 1, 2]