BlackBerry PlayBook gets another software update


It has been about a month since the last update, and if you're still an owner of the BlackBerry PlayBook then there's another one coming your way. The new update brings the tablet's software up to and will be a 312MB download.

RIM has been pushing updates to the PlayBook pretty regularly, but if you're hoping that this is the one that will bring Android app compatibility, then better luck next time. Though this update doesn't do that, rumors suggest that it does get the tablet ready for some larger Android-flavored updates.

Some of the changes included in this update are:

  • Facebook – Video uploading, message deletion, and enhanced searches
  • In-App Payment Support – Ability to purchases more levels in a game or get new issues of a magazine. This will use BlackBerry Payment Services.
  • Additional Language Support – French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and UK English.
  • BlackBerry PlayBook Charging Enhancements – From the home screen you can tap the battery indicator to restart, turn off, or put tablet into standby. This is much needed feature, with power button not easy to press.
  • Video Chat Connectivity – Enhanced video chat connections with TURN (Traversal USing Relay NAT) protocol. While users using video chat on a home, public, or enterprise Wi-Fi network, you will be able to take advantage of the new Video Chat Connectivity.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Detection – Will make Wi-Fi hotspots easier to connect to your BlackBerry PlayBook. Now your local Starbucks will be a breeze to connect. 


Some users are reporting that after updating, you now get a pop-up window showing available updates of your installed apps, similar to the notifications you see in Android. This is a nice feature because it eliminates the need for users to check the App World to see if there are any updates available.

The PlayBook continues to improve with each software update, but the wait for Android apps continues.

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Hector Gomez

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