BlackBerry CEO says no future for tablets


The CEO of the popular handset maker BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins, questioned the value of tablets in a recent interview. Heins said that he was not fan of tablets and questioned the needs for the mobile devices, in an interview which was conducted on April 29, 2013.

Heins said in the interview, “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore”. The statement was indeed a bold one looking at the not-so-impressive past sales of tablets such as the Blackberry PlayBook. The Playbook resulted in a massive flop, when it debuted sans BlackBerry email and messaging apps.

However, now it is considered more of a bargain bin item. Despite this fact, there was still some enthusiasts who are hopeful for a successor to the PlayBook, which will run on the BlackBerry 1 operating system. These hopes were smashed by Heins when he said that the company will not think of making a tablet unless it could do so profitably.

Heins also argued that the tablet business is not a good one to be in. On the other hand, Apple has minted plenty of money with its best selling iPad and even Amazon has acquired a good market with its Kindle range.