BlackBerry News now available for the BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry News BlackBerry PlayBook
By Adam Zeis on 9 Jun 2011 09:27 am EDT

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.

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BlackBerry News now available for the BlackBerry PlayBook


not that you want to have to do this, but i bet a backup and then a security wipe would fix your problem with app world. or call rimm

I second the Google Reader integration needed. If it had that, I'd be all over it, but I still do probably 3/4 of my reading at my computer so I need some synchronizing with that. Meaning that at least for now, GeeReader still wins.

Love love love that it synced my feeds from BlackBerry News Feeds on my phone. Just need to be able to mark things as read, and sync that with what I read on my phone, and this will be my most favorite app.

awesome it loaded the feeds i had picked when i had the handheld version on my Bold 9000... that's the kind of cross platform integration that will make PB awesome (like seeing all my mobile apps in PB App World, though it should show the same ones together, like Poynt)

Put this in the wrong story earlier, duh:

Can anyone tell me why no apps (that I've seen) switch over to use the bridge browser if no wireless is detected? This would be a plus for this pretty cool app.

It is still lacking a ton of features. Very disappointing that this comes from RIM. GeeReader is way better for now.

hmm, I still prefer Glimpse and Feed wheel. Seem faster and i like having the little image preview in the news story. (unless I am missing some options in blackberry news)

edit: Oh i checked other news feeds and the images are showing up on them. They aren't for the Kotaku news feeds for some reason. (they do on Glimpse and Feed Wheel )

When i click on your link to download this app, I get an error: this item is not supported by your current device profile. The error refers to my device and that to me means my BB?

I'm running the latest software

Anyone have an idea?

Just looked myself.

TBH I am really getting hacked off with RIM treating anyone outside NA as second-class customers considering this is where a large chunk of their business seems to come from.

I had hoped that the PlayBook would see this nonsense stop - but here we are again.

Why lessen the value of the phones and tablets in the rest of the world by either not developing equivalent apps or simply making them unavailable?

The list seems to be ever increasing, and this is now two apps from RIM that is taken away from the PlayBook before its Europe release!

I hope I'm wrong, but in the meantime I'll remain seething and disappointed that RIM is happy to play old-dog, new tricks.

I couldn't agree more. I am really annoyed about this. Like you I was hoping that we wouldn't see this on the Playbook but here we go again. I have my Playbook on pre-order for next week's UK release but I am considering cancelling it. I know that seems a bit extreme given we are only talking about an RSS reader (what is the other unavailable app you referred to?) but it is the principle. Are we going to go down the line of not having apps released for us like on BB smartphones? So far we have traffic, podcasts, BB radio and news feeds unavailable to us in the UK, not to mention apps like Gist (owned by RIM) that doesn't yet support countries outside NA. Poynt also has less functionality outside NA. It is very frustrating. If the Playbook is going down the same route it makes me wonder if it is worth it?