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New OS packs numerous improvements

What has Research in Motion, Ltd.'s (TSE:RIM) been cooking up these past few months?  Well, amid a leadership shakeup and a string of troubles that stewed much pessimism, RIM has managed to bake a major operating system update for its PlayBook tablet, which patches up many of the device's weaknesses.

A definite positive sign is that RIM appears to have been listening to the criticism, as its improvements largely line up with things that early reviews panned.  New features include:
  • A new unified email client, which compiles your messages from Facebook, Twitter, and your various email accounts
  • A new Calendar app with social network access
  • A new Contacts app that syncs its information with Facebook
  • BlackBerry Bridge, an app that turns your BlackBerry into a wireless keyboard for the PlayBook -- or which leverages the PlayBook to offer big screen reading for emails and content
  • An enhanced web browser
  • The first PlayBook-compatible Android app ports, via new additions to BlackBerry App World
  • Improved virtual keyboard
  • BlackBerry Balance to check data usage
  • Improved document editing
  • Print to Go app

RIM PlayBook OS 2.0
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The build of the release is 2.0.0.7971, and it weighs in at 505 MB.

Early reviews of the PlayBook offered general praise for its form factor and hardware.  But they called the operating system unpolished.  With the new update perhaps the PlayBook can finally be considered a tablet to be contended with.

It's a bit late for RIM when it comes to both tablet and smartphone market share, but the fact that the company is responding to criticism proactively with improvements is a very good sign.  The company is still very profitable -- so like Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) it has a fair amount of money to throw at reinvigorating its smartphone efforts.

In related news, RIM has also aired a new enterprise-aimed management tool called BlackBerry Mobile Fusion.  In a bit of a concession, the IT software not only supports BlackBerries, but also Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone and various Android smartphones.  Support for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 was not mentioned.


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RE: rim
By Nortel on 2/21/2012 12:21:32 PM , Rating: 3
Bre-X, Silicon Graphics, Blockbuster, Canwest, SeaFrance, Vivitar, BearingPoint, CompUSA, etc.. didn't have the same ring to them :)


RE: rim
By Samus on 2/21/2012 12:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
I still have a lot of clients stubornly swearing by their Blackberry. I just had a client spend $300 + contract on AT&T's newest Bold 2.

I used to think the only reason to get AT&T was to get an iPhone, but he proved me wrong. That, and the iPhone isn't even exclusive anymore.


RE: rim
By Nortel on 2/21/2012 1:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely. I know a handful of business people sticking by their blackberries for two reasons. 1. They like the hardware keyboard and there aren't many smart phones with that feature. 2. They feel that having a blackberry (and checking it as often as possible) makes them feel more professional.

I also know their kids. They were given blackberries and complain all the time; yearning for an iPhone. It's modern day torture...what kid wants a blackberry?


RE: rim
By retrospooty on 2/21/2012 2:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
"I know a handful of business people sticking by their blackberries for two reasons. 1. They like the hardware keyboard and there aren't many smart phones with that feature. 2. They feel that having a blackberry (and checking it as often as possible) makes them feel more professional."

I know alot of old people that still write paper checks at the grocery store. Its not making them look anything but old. using a Blackberry doesnt make anyone look "professional" It makes them look out of touch with modern technology.


RE: rim
By Lord 666 on 2/21/2012 3:16:34 PM , Rating: 2
Are you the babysitter?


RE: rim
By Pirks on 2/21/2012 3:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
what kid wants a blackberry?
Example 1: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/market-data-resea...

"BlackBerry handsets have also taken a significant share of the market (24%) and are particularly popular among younger adults and teens "

Example 2: http://www.mobile-ent.biz/news/read/why-do-kids-lo...

"Tate, the 14 year old daughter of one of my wealthier acquaintances. Tate is permanently tethered to her BlackBerry, as are all of her friends. "

Munch on this, clueless anti-RIM idiot :P


RE: rim
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/21/2012 3:58:23 PM , Rating: 3
2 year old article....try getting something a little more recent...

/smh


RE: rim
By Pirks on 2/21/2012 4:51:54 PM , Rating: 2
You did not notice that the other article from 2011 confirms the older one from 2010? What's your problem?


RE: rim
By tayb on 2/21/2012 5:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of companies still REQUIRE them because of the security. BES has no competition.


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