New OS update for BlackBerry PlayBook

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 now available for download.

RIM's Blackberry Playbook (image: RIM)

“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,” said David J. Smith, RIM Senior Vice President.

New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 features include:

* Integrated email client with an unified inbox consolidating all your messages, including email, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

* Social integration with Calendar and Contacts apps:  The built-in calendar draws information from social networks, providing it whenever users need it. Dynamically populated contact cards update information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn into one consolidated database.

* Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry Bridge is a unique app providing a Bluetooth connection between your PlayBook and BlackBerry smartphone (including BBM, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser) allowing you to view content on a larger display.

* BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, speeds up document, web page, email and photo display, optimized for an ideal viewing and editing experience. Users can benefit from the remote control feature too that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.

* Improved mobile productivity: Updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry® Balance ™ allows you more out of your BlackBerry PlayBook. Plus, an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how you type to enable faster, more accurate typing.

* New apps and content: Thousands of new apps are being added to BlackBerry App World today (including several Android apps that will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook). A new BlackBerry Video Store1 is launching today. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.

In conjunction with the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, RIM is making available an initial release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion that will include support for managing BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry smartphones2 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 2012.

Staff writer