RIM has announced today that BlackBerry News is now available for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry News is a great RSS reader that first came to BlackBerry smartphones (as BlackBerry News Feeds) a while back and has now made its way to the PlayBook. The app comes pre-loaded with feeds from popular news sites and users can also add additional feeds from various categories. New feeds can be easily added by browsing the content library, or searching for specific keywords or URLs. The app takes advantage of the PlayBook gesture navigation allowing users to perform various tasks including:
- Touching the "News Library" button feeds to easily find and add new feeds
- Using the BlackBerry PlayBook bezel drop-down gesture from the "My News" home screen pulls up the options menu to update content, or edit and delete any subscriptions
- Selecting a subscription provides an abbreviated summary view of articles within that news feed, allowing for quick scanning of content
- Swiping left on the tablet screen turns the page
This application is currently available in the US and Canada, and will be available in other countries later this year.