Quick Note: PlayBook 2.0 Calendar, "Bridge" Smartphone Control Demoed
February 7, 2012 4:33 PM
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BlackBerries turn into free Bluetooth controllers and keyboards for RIM's tablet -- now that's more like it
get back on a winning path
, smartphone maker Research in Motion, Ltd.'s (
) is baking a major overhaul to the operating system (OS) of its first tablet,
Some of the features in this update -- PlayBook 2.0 -- were demoed in near-release form at the
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.
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. (
) iPhone and iPad, which lead the world [
] 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".
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.
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RE: but oh, yea, no one cares.
2/7/2012 7:06:25 PM
"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?
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