BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 released

It's been a long wait, but that native email client is finally here...
Adam Smith

February 22, 2012
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Rim has pushed out the new 2.0 version of its operating system for the PlayBook tablet.

The much awaited update adds the features which caused many a reviewer to bemoan the state of the OS when the slate was first released, namely a lack of integrated email, calendar and other functions considered essential by most.

David J. Smith, SVP Mobile Computing, said: “Building on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s proven web browsing, multimedia and multitasking strengths, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 introduces a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded app and content support.”

OS 2.0’s integrated email client has a “unified inbox” which collects all messages, from not just multiple email accounts but also social networking messages, and stores them under one roof.

Similarly, the new calendar app takes information from the likes of Facebook, and contact cards are also dynamically updated with data drawn from social networks (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn).

The BlackBerry Bridge app, which provides a bluetooth link between your BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook, has been updated to work more speedily when transferring documents or files.

It also has a new remote control feature to allow a BB smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse with the PlayBook.

A number of other tweaks have been introduced, including better document editing functionality and an updated virtual keyboard with predictive and auto-correct features added.

App content has been bolstered too, with Rim adding “thousands” of fresh offerings to the BlackBerry App World – including Android apps adapted to run on the PlayBook.

These are, in fairness, some quite neat features – but arriving at the table rather too late, we fear. If they had been on board Rim’s tablet from the start, last year’s lacklustre sales might have been boosted considerably.

The PlayBook’s OS 2.0 is available to download now.


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