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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update rolls out today, brings life to the tablet

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The road has been long. The wait has been hard. But finally, RIM has pushed out the long-awaited 2.0 update to its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and it brings a lot of awesome features for the 7-inch device. 

Firstly, the 505MB update will bring native email, calendar, and contacts apps to RIM's tablet. This was one of my biggest complaints with the PlayBook when I reviewed it after it launched, but thankfully RIM has decided to make up for it. I found it quite inexcusable to release a business tablet without those features, but it's certainly a good thing that they're finally here.

Oh, and if you're not using the PlayBook as a business device, RIM has something for you, too: the email app also aggregates all of your messages from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. That's more than any other tablet OS can offer as of right now, and that could be a major selling point for consumers if RIM markets it correctly.

The update also brings the fabled Android app emulator. After your tablet has downloaded and installed the update, and reboots, you will be able to access the first batch of ported Android apps directly from the BlackBerry App World. 

RIM also added a few miscellaneous things to the PlayBook and its ecosystem, including the BlackBerry Video Store, an updated BlackBerry Bridge app, and an improved virtual keyboard that should help you to type more efficiently. 

Can't wait to get in on these features? Hit up the Settings on your PlayBook and get going with your download!

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Calob Horton

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2 thoughts on “BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update rolls out today, brings life to the tablet

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    The new Bridge update also offers a new feature for BB phone owners. It’s called “Remote”, but it basically turns your BB phone into a bluetooth keyboard with mouse ability. This feature isn’t exclusive to the PlayBook either. Reports are that it can also be used on Android Tablet and even the PS3.

    Rim still has some work to do seeing the new email, contacts and calendar aren’t able to sync using Active Sync yet. A third party sync through Google mail, which is works now, is needed. There is still no BBM and no mention of if or when it will be available.

    On another positive note, App World is growing at more robust rate with the inclusion of the Android integrated player. Thousands of new apps are in the process stage and many top develpers are now jumping on board.

    At its current price point and portable size, the PlayBook is looking like a strong choice with its current update. With BB 10 phones, which will use the same OS, now having the core features it needs to relevant in the mobile world Rim is looking to have a much better year than they did last year.

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  • “Oh, and if you’re not using the PlayBook as a business device, RIM has something for you, too: the email app also aggregates all of your messages from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. That’s more than any other tablet OS can offer as of right now, and that could be a major selling point for consumers if RIM markets it correctly.”

    That’s not correct actually. Samsung includes Social Hub for their tablets as well as Galaxy S, SII and Note. For the past year or so Social hub has provided a single point for all SNS and Email. The Email portion also includes push email for your POP3 account.

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