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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, 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 Pirks on 2/21/2012 1:42:57 PM , Rating: 1
Everyone who bought the playbook did so because of its price relative to the iPad
Speak for yourself, clueless idiot. I paid same price as iPad's but got much better web browser (no stupid restrictions imposed by Jobs paranoia), better multitasking, better UI, and nicer size/weight to boot. My Gmail web client worked on it beatifuilly from day one so I laughed at oldfags whining about some native email crap from the last century. Idiots like youself who buy large heavy iPads will keep sucking when Apple releases 8" tablet to try and catch up to RIM (just like they tried to catch up to BBM with iMessage clone). Whatcha gonna troll about then, lamo? :)))

RE: rim
By Nortel on 2/21/2012 1:52:28 PM , Rating: 2
Perks... how are you not banned by now? I digress...

paranoia = HTML5 vs Flash (Flash has been discontinued btw). I've got an iPhone 4s when on the go and an iPad2 to use at home. Do you take the playbook with you? It's too large to pocket so if it goes in your bag then why does the small size difference matter? For the last time, Apple will not release a 8" tablet period. ipad2 is 1.33 lb and the playbook is 0.94 lb. 0.39 pounds and 3 inches is the difference between the playbook and the iPad... not enough to get so emotional about.

RE: rim
By Pirks on 2/21/2012 3:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
why does the small size difference matter?
Ask all the buyers of Ultrabooks or MacBook Airs why do the size and weight matter for them.

RE: rim
By ramuman on 2/21/2012 11:44:17 PM , Rating: 2
RE: rim
By slunkius on 2/22/2012 1:16:15 AM , Rating: 3
i feel your pain, 500 dollars for a playbook...ouch. or was it 700 - double ouch. i imagine how hard you must work everyday to like that device and keep reality at bay. have strenght, man. best wishes

RE: rim
By retrospooty on 2/22/2012 11:16:49 AM , Rating: 2
hee hee hee =)

RE: rim
By Pirks on 2/22/2012 7:40:39 PM , Rating: 2
I don't need your "best wishes" when I already have tablet that beats the sh1t out of iPad in web browser, multitasking, GUI, weight and size. Hence the relatively high (compared to Android crap) price. You pay more for better product, remember?

You may now proceed sticking your "best wishes" up your a##, thank you.

RE: rim
By retrospooty on 2/23/2012 10:37:54 AM , Rating: 2
"Hence the relatively high (compared to Android crap) price. You pay more for better product, remember?"

What are you even talking about. You are as incoherent ever. The poster above is referring to the initial price of $500, and the firesale drop to $200 and he is consoling you, very sarcastically...

So dropping the price from $500 to $200 to match the Kindle Fire means what? RIM decided its not a better product?

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