RIM Releases PlayBook OS 2.0 With Integrated Email and Android Support

Posted Feb 22, 2012

RIM has announced that they have released PlayBook operating system 2.0. The problem is that this update is too little, too late. PlayBook OS 2.0 finally gives the tablet integrated e-mail, which RIM has already been criticized for not having in the original release of the tablet.

PlayBook OS 2.0 has a unified inbox that supports multiple email accounts and social messaging from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. PlayBook OS 2.0 has social integration extended into Contacts and Calendar apps.

BlackBerry App World has also been updated to include a range of new PlayBook apps including Android apps which are supported by the tablet for the first time. The BlackBerry Bridge feature allows PlayBook users to display apps from their BlackBerry smartphones on the tablet’s screen through a Bluetooth connection. The BlackBerry smartphone can be used as a remote keyboard and mouse controller.

The BlackBerry PlayBook operating system now has updated document editing functions, an improved web browser, a video store, and a Print To Go app. The new operating system also has a revised on-screen keyboard.

BlackBerry Balance also allows PlayBook users to manage corporate data. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion also comes with the new oeprating system. Mobile Fusion is a web-based interface for managing BlackBerry smartphones and tablets in a corporate environment. RIM will be expanding this to support control over iOS and Android devices this month. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is available as a free download now for existing users.