PlayBook OS 2.0 Drops For Lucky RIM Fans
February 21, 2012 10:40 AM
comment(s) - last by
New OS packs numerous improvements
What has Research in Motion, Ltd.'s (
been cooking up
these past few months? Well, amid
a leadership shakeup
a string of troubles
that stewed much pessimism, RIM has
managed to bake
operating system update
, 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
[Image Source: Engadget]
The build of the release is 18.104.22.16871, 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
) 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 (
) iPhone and various Android smartphones. Support for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 was not mentioned.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
What's luck got to do? Got to do with it?
2/21/2012 12:47:52 PM
PlayBook OS 2.0 Drops For Lucky RIM Fans
What do the unlucky RIM fans get?
RE: What's luck got to do? Got to do with it?
2/21/2012 1:14:25 PM
They get the Bold, the Curve, the Torch, OS7, and obsolescence.
They also get laughed at. =)
“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
Quick Note: PlayBook 2.0 Calendar, "Bridge" Smartphone Control Demoed
February 7, 2012, 4:33 PM
Sleek BlackBerry London Leaks, RIM Prepares PlayBook OS 2.0
February 2, 2012, 12:31 PM
RIM's New CEO Says All Android Phones are the Same
January 27, 2012, 8:49 AM
Co-CEOs Balsillie and Lazaridis Kicked Off Sinking RIM Ship, COO to Step In
January 22, 2012, 9:40 PM
A Cupertino Comeback: Apple and Android are Almost Tied in U.S. Sales
January 18, 2012, 1:07 PM
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
The Samsung Galaxy S7
September 14, 2016, 6:00 AM
Apple Watch 2 – Coming September 7th
September 3, 2016, 6:30 AM
Apple says “See you on the 7th.”
September 1, 2016, 6:30 AM
Apple sued because of iPhone 6 Touch Disease
August 31, 2016, 7:00 AM
Get Ready to wait in line – iPhone 7 due September.
August 18, 2016, 7:15 AM
Most Popular Articles
Are you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Yahoo Hacked - Change Your Passwords and Security Info ASAP!
September 23, 2016, 5:45 AM
A is for Apples
September 23, 2016, 5:32 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Burlington Gun Attack
Sep 27, 2016, 5:00 AM
Who is in Risk of Getting Oral Cancer?
Sep 23, 2016, 6:02 AM
France Bans Plastic Eating Utensils in Restaurants
Sep 18, 2016, 10:49 AM
Progress Against Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Sep 17, 2016, 5:30 AM
Apple Watch Series 2 - Number 1 in the Customer Satisfaction.
Sep 7, 2016, 6:19 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information