RIM releases OS 2.1 for PlayBook


Research In Motion, the makers of BlackBerry devices, has released version 2.1 of their tablet’s operating system. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 is exclusively available for Wi-Fi-only BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and adds a range of upgrades and new functionalities.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet (image: RIM)

Consumers will now be able to secure all their data on the tablet with enterprise-grade encryption, which has been extended to secure personal data stored on the device.

A new version of BlackBerry Bridge was also released, which allows users to send a SMS from their PlayBook through their BlackBerry smartphone.

A small change is the ability to use the Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps in Portrait mode, and users will now be allowed to “print” documents from a PC to a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the Print To Go app.

“Additionally, PlayBook OS 2.1 offers new features that simplify the deployment of the tablets in the enterprise with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion.  These include over-the-air enrollment to the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion server, support for ActiveSync certificate-based authentication, and additional IT Policy controls,” RIM said in a statement.

The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 update is now available as a free over-the-air download, and consumers will automatically get a notification of the update on their BlackBerry PlayBook.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor