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BlackBerry CEO axes planned BB10 for PlayBook tablet

CEO Thorsten Heins said he wasn't satisfied with the experience.

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The BlackBerry PlayBook will not be moving to BlackBerry 10 after all.

CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed that he had canceled BlackBerry's plans to bring its next-generation operating system to its tablet, which continues to ship and has developed a small cult following.

Heins said he wasn't satisfied with the level of the experience, and made the "difficult decision" to stop the company's efforts on that front and shift its resources back to its core smartphone products.

The PlayBook runs on a rudimentary version of the BB10 operating system. Both BB10 and the PlayBook OS are based on the QNX operating system. Heins said the company would continue to support the PlayBook's existing operating system.