BlackBerries turn into free Bluetooth controllers and keyboards for RIM's tablet -- now that's more like it

Looking to get back on a winning path, smartphone maker Research in Motion, Ltd.'s (TSE:RIM) is baking a major overhaul to the operating system (OS) of its first tablet, the PlayBook.

Some of the features in this update -- PlayBook 2.0 -- were demoed in near-release form at the DevCon Europe show, RIM's take on a worldwide developer convention.  RIM finally appears to be getting its innovative juices flowing, based on the early preview of the pending OS.  

The neatest by far is "BlackBerry Bridge".  With this app, you can use your Bluetooth-paired BlackBerry smartphone to control your PlayBook.  Swipes translate onto the big screen.  And you can type on the keyboard, turning your smartphone into an instant Bluetooth keyboard.

PlayBook keyboard, BlackBerry
You can now use your BlackBerry as a PlayBook keyboard -- that's pretty cool.
[Image Source: PocketLint]

It would be pretty cool if you could do that on your Apple, Inc. (AAPL) iPhone and iPad, which lead the world [1][2] in single model device sales -- but oh, yea, the iPhone doesn't have a physical keyboard.

RIM also has a spiffed up calendar app, which allows you to pull up contact details from social networks and send invites via Facebook and its ilk.  A cute visual touch is that the app bolds your busiest days -- so if you want to show off, just get really busy and impress your coworkers with your "boldness".

Calendar app
RIM has spiffed up the calendar app in PlayBook 2.0. [Image Source: PocketLint]

PlayBook 2.0 is expected to land sometime late this month as a free upgrade for current owners of the tablet.

Source: Pocket Lint

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