BlackBerry PlayBook native email coming next month

Missing contacts and calendar apps also on their way

BlackBerry-maker RIM is planning to launch an update for its ill-fated Blackberry Playbook that'll include native email, contacts and calendar apps, but will it be enough to pump up poor sales of the tablet?

The BlackBerry PlayBook will finally get native email, contacts and calendar apps next month. The update will be shown off at next month’s DevCon event, which kicks off on 18 October in San Francisco.

As well as the much-needed software boost, which has been promised ever since the slate first hit shelves in October, there’ll be a new BlackBerry Video Store and the Android app player. The latter is a huge deal, with BlackBerry looking to bolster the selection of decent add-ons available for its tablet.

The news came during an earnings call last night, which followed another set of average financial results for makers RIM. A mere 200,000 PlayBooks were shipped (not sold) in the last quarter, well below analyst estimates and putting it over 9 million shipments behind Apple’s iPad.

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