RIM releases new ‘Playbook OS 2.0’
Riyadh, February 22, 2012
Research In Motion (RIM) has released the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, which delivers an enhanced tablet experience, for download.
“Building on the 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,” said David J Smith, SVP mobile computing, RIM.
The new system the user has the option to use a unified box which consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as personal and work email accounts, said a statement.
The built-in calendar harnesses information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it. Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.
An updated version of the BlackBerry Bridge which is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth connection between the PlayBook and core apps on the BlackBerry smartphone (including BBM, email, contacts, calendar and browser) in order to let you view the content on the larger tablet display, is also available.
The updated app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a PlayBook, the statement said.
It also has an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion which helps to type faster, it said.
Thousands of new apps have been added to the BlackBerry App World, including a range of Android apps, and a new BlackBerry Video Store has also been launched. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also possible with the new tablet.
RIM is also making available an initial release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion that will include support for managing PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry smartphones in an enterprise. The full release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion (with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices) is planned for general availability in late March.
The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software update is now available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users, it said. – TradeArabia News Service