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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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RE: but oh, yea, no one cares.
By V-Money on 2/7/2012 5:13:17 PM , Rating: 2
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You know what also has a keyboard with a display? A laptop. And this is innovation to you?


Innovation: 2. A new method, idea, product, etc

As a matter of fact I'm pretty sure it fits the definition. I don't see why people see additional options as a bad thing. For instance, I like playing games and having a somewhat capable computer, but I like mobility so I have a laptop (15.6" with dedicated graphics) over a desktop. As a college student I take a lot of notes, and I always use my touchpad paired with a bluetooth keyboard. I could use my laptop, but it takes up more room and is more prone to accidents. My touchpad is light, small, and works great. I always carry my phone with me, so if I happened to have a blackberry phone I could use a playbook and it would take up even less room and weight than the touchpad.


RE: but oh, yea, no one cares.
By Pirks on 2/7/2012 5:35:54 PM , Rating: 1
Feeding clueless anti-RIM troll much?


RE: but oh, yea, no one cares.
By dmk2000 on 2/7/2012 6:08:25 PM , Rating: 1
Pirks...
Are you on RIM payroll? Listen, I hate to see any company fold, it is not a company that suffers but employees, you know, humans who have bills to pay and such. Now your blinded defense of RIM is pathetic. Granted, once in a while you have a good point, and as far as you concern, it is a great company, BUT. You see, if everyone viewed RIM just like you, then RIM would be bigger than Apple, right? Unfortunately/fortunately, most people including investors do not see RIM the way you are, therefore stock price reflects this view. Now if RIM wants to survive and prosper, it has to change, or at least do something tangible quick. So making blackberry phone control tablet is cool and such, this is my friend is not an innovation, it is a side effect. This is not what make regular Apple brainwashed people stop and say “ WOW, I need this NOW”. So once again, in order for RIM to survive they need innovate BIG way and now.
P.S. my wife owns iphone, me Blackberry tourch.


RE: but oh, yea, no one cares.
By Pirks on 2/7/2012 6:40:29 PM , Rating: 2
Saying "nobody needs XXX or YYY" is still clueless trolling no matter how you slice it.


RE: but oh, yea, no one cares.
By XZerg on 2/7/2012 7:43:16 PM , Rating: 2
who said: nobody needs xxx ;)


By retrospooty on 2/7/2012 7:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
"Now if RIM wants to survive and prosper, it has to change, or at least do something tangible quick. So making blackberry phone control tablet is cool and such, this is my friend is not an innovation, it is a side effect. This is not what make regular Apple brainwashed people stop and say “ WOW, I need this NOW"

Exactly. RIM has a major problem if they cant hurry and get QNX on phones. They have already announced its delayed from mid 2012 to late 2012. By the time its released the market will be flooded with Android 4 phones and looking at IOS6 and Android 5. QNX has a HUGE hill to climb... It cant just be as good, but need to be better than the others to get any cred. Now look at RIM's track record for the past 5 years. What are the odds it will come out polished and not buggy as hell?

Good luck.


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