TELUS rolls out update for the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE
PlayBook | 60 Comments TELUS rolls out update for the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE If you thought the BlackBerry PlayBook wasn't going to see any more updates, TELUS is here to tell you otherwise. They're rolling out OS 2.1.0.1753 for the 4G LTE PlayBook today to bring along a few fixes and enhancements.  The update includes the following changes: Enabled personal data...

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Oct 25, 2012 BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0.1088 now available for download
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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0.1088 now available for download

The BlackBerry PlayBook has today received an OS update to v2.1.0.1088. While not a huge update from the previous version, this release does provide a hotfix for those who experienced a loss of local contacts and calendars. While the fix won't bring back what was lost, it has been implemented to prevent the same thing from happening in the future.  Of course, this update is for the WiFi PlayBook only, as the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook updates need carrier approval. If you're not seeing the prompt for the update yet, sit tight as sometimes they take a bit to roll out.

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Oct 03, 2012 BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.1.0.1032 now available for download
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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 now available for download

Now, is the time folks. If you've been impatiently waiting for the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS to arrive, v2.1.0.1032 has now finally landed after a very lengthy beta process and is ready to be downloaded. With this release there is plenty of changes to be found including but not limited to:

  • Updated BlackBerry Bridge: Now you can view, respond and compose new SMS messages on their BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet when connected to a BlackBerry smartphone over Bluetooth®. You’ll also enjoy increased performance and speed of other BlackBerry Bridge functions as well. So you can do more, more efficiently. Txt away, my friends.
  • Email and PIM Enhancements: You’ve asked for it and we’ve delivered portrait support for email, calendar and contacts, giving you the option to use your tablet in either orientation to message. This will definitely come in handy for those of you who enjoy thumb typing in portrait mode like I do.
  • Improved Android Application Support: Includes Multi-Window Applications, Camera Support and In-App Payments. We all love a richer app experience, and with the improvements to the Android runtime, that’s just what you’ll get. Running the applications in separate windows allows you to multi-task between Android apps easier, and in-app payments will make it easier for you to enhance your app content. Game on!

Make sure you grab the new BlackBerry Bridge update if you've not already grabbed it. Go ahead and fire up your BlackBerry PlayBook and check for updates. Keep in mind though, this release is only for the WiFi BlackBerry PlayBook and not the 4G LTE versions, as those need carrier approval. When you're done, drop by the CrackBerry Forums and let us know what other goodies you have found aside from those already listed.

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Aug 14, 2012 BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0.840 for developers now available
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PlayBook Software Update

If you're riding the beta train of BlackBerry PlayBook OS', you'll be happy to know that OS 2.1.0.840 is now available. This is a beta release and meant for developers only, and as such will most likely have a good amount of bugs. If you haven't installed a PlayBook beta OS before, we suggest you steer clear and just wait for an official release. If you're a developer or just want to give the beta a go, you can do so from the link below. Just register your PlayBook PIN, sit tight for a bit and the update should be available to you. Be sure to drop a comment letting us know how it is!

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Aug 02, 2012 BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.1.668 now available for download
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BlackBerry PlayBook

With the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G now announced, RIM is pushing out OS 2.0.1.668 to all current BlackBerry PlayBook owners. This release is noted as a maintenance update and will come preloaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G, though I'm sure most folks were hoping for OS 2.1 to be readily available for download. Either way, an update is an update and we'll take it. RIM has yet to outline the exact changes in the release, so we'll update when we find out and by all means, feel free to comment if you spot any changes yourself.

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May 31, 2012 BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.1.0.560 Beta for developers released
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BlackBerry PlayBook

Earlier this week we put up a post letting you all know RIM was planning to release the latest developer beta for the BlackBerry PlayBook pushing the OS into v2.1.0.560 and now, the update has gone live for those waiting. RIM has included quite a few changes with this release, some of which I'm sure they left off the change log noted on the developer blog:

  • Improved HTML5 support
  • Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
  • Improved folder support including IMAP folder support
  • Full device encryption is now supported, so that the whole device and personal partition can be secure.
  • Screenshots are now saved in lossless PNG format.
  • Each Android app will now run in its own window. This greatly improves the user experience and consistency among the other application runtimes.
  • Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps, allowing many more application types to work on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
  • In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK, so Android applications can include virtual items for sale in their applications.

Just as before, you will need to whitelist your BlackBerry PlayBook in order to download this release. Keep in mind, it is intended for BlackBerry developers and not really intended for end-users. If you can't handle dealing with some possible bugginess or are not a developer then you may wish to avoid even looking at loading this.

Note: After installing BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 you will not be able to backup and restore data back to 2.0.x. Apps downloaded or purchased from App World while using BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 may no longer work on other versions of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS. Not all apps which work on OS 2.0.x will work on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.

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Mar 11, 2012 How to use the Android App Player to Load Apps on your BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0
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One of the most anticipated features of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 was the Android Player, allowing you to load your favorite apps on Android. When PlayBook OS 2.0 was released, one of the first questions posed was "Where is the Android Player?". Many were looking for the app icon that would launch the Android Player and many ended up disappointed to see there wasn't one.

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Mar 02, 2012 Setting Up and Using BlackBerry Bridge on BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0
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BlackBerry Bridge was updated to version 2.0 to coincide with the huge BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update. In the video above, we will cover how to set up and use the new BlackBerry Bridge app.

The biggest feature of the updated BlackBerry Bridge app was the Remote Control feature allowing you to control your PlayBook with your BlackBerry phone. BlackBerry Bridge also now gives you the choice to select what items you want to be displayed on your PlayBook. This option is a welcome addition since BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 now has native email, contacts and calendars.  If you have those apps added through BlackBerry Bridge and navitely on your PlayBook, you may find that you get double notifications.

So, let's go through getting BlackBerry Bridge setup.

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Feb 29, 2012 Messaging app for PlayBook OS 2.0: Checking, replying and composing messages
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The Messaging app in PlayBook 2.0 is one of the most welcomed new features. From one, central location, you can check, respond and compose messages. Both Email and Social Networking messages can now be handled in one app.

When you see that blinking red light, a simple touch of the Messages icon will allow to you to see your new Email, Twitter Direct Messages, LinkedIn messages and Facebook messages. We will show you how to check your messages, read them, reply and start a new message for any one of your connected accounts right from the Messages app. Read on for all the answers to your Messaging questions! 

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Nov 02, 2011 BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0 Developer Beta updated
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The developer beta for the BlackBerry PlayBook v2.0 has been updated. With it brings just a few improvements to help developers in creating their apps. The first is that BlackBerry WebWorks applications can now call the GPS. Secondly, Wi-Fi profiles are now saved and do not disappear after rebooting your PlayBook. After registering to receive the developer beta software, an icon will appear in the status bar on their BlackBerry PlayBook to notify that the update is available. At that point you'll have 24 hours to complete the update of software on your PlayBook. After 24 hours, developers can reregister to receive the Developer Beta of PlayBook OS 2.0 as long as the beta is still open.

If you are already running the developer beta, by now you should see a gear symbol signifying that there is an update available. To update simply tap the top right corner of your screen, select Software Updates, Check for Update and complete.

*Update* - Looks as though RIM decided to put BlackBerry App World back into the build. They've adjusted the information on their blog and it no longer reads that App World will not be loaded. Try reregistering your PIN if you have issues though as suggested in the comments.

Source:  Inside BlackBerry Developer's Blog

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Oct 18, 2011 PlayBook OS 2.0 developer beta available today
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PlayBook OS 2.0 developer beta

We were on the edge of our seats this morning waiting for the first half of the BlackBery DevCon 2011 General Session to start. I think what we were all hoping for was a look at a QNX BlackBerry, or the announcement of the release of the much anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. While we didn't get either of those things, some other interesting topics were touched on.

Alec Saunders, VP, Developer Relations & Ecosystems Development, took the stage after Mike Lazaridis. While speaking with Danny Winokur from Adobe, they kind of let slip the information that PlayBook OS 2.0 will be available today, but only for developers. You can register to download it at the link below, or if you are attending DevCon you many choose to have it installed today. While not what we were hoping for, exactly, I suppose it's a step toward it being available for everyone, developer or not.

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Aug 27, 2011 BlackBerry PlayBook v2.0 makes another appearance
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PlayBook v2.0 The other night we were treated to some leaked shots of what appears to be BlackBerry PlayBook v2.0, and since then a few more pics have popped up in the forums. And lookie there, the OS has been updated already from v2.0.0.2992 to v2.0.0.3013! Still no official word on when any of us might be seeing this for our PlayBooks, but hopefully the testing is progressing well and we'll get the update soon. A couple more pics after the break, and you can join in and discuss in the forums HERE or HERE. Thanks for posting this in the forums Rockiet and TotemG! Continue Reading →
Aug 24, 2011 Are your 3rd party apps working while bridged with the BlackBerry Playbook OS v1.0.7.2942?
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BlackBerry Bridge

One thing that has always bothered me about the BlackBerry PlayBook and more so BlackBerry Bridge is the fact that when using BlackBerry Bridge, none of your apps actually make use of the data connection. You can't download apps from App World, you can't send a tweet off using Blaq and you can't use the browser -- unless tethered. Today though, with the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS update to v1.0.7.2942, something has changed. Third party apps such as Blaq, Poynt, Facebook even our very own CrackBerry PlayBook app -- all now work while bridged to your BlackBerry. Some apps are slower then others but, they do indeed work. One app that doesn't work however, is BlackBerry App World, but could this be a sign of it coming later? Could be, but it could also be a mistake within the OS as well.

Whatever the case may be, we certainly hope it stays and RIM actually improves upon this method of connectivity. Realistically, this makes more sense then "tethering" your BlackBerry using your carriers APN's and having them charge extra for it. Have you tried some apps? Cut off your WiFi, try Bridge and let us know which are or are not working. Sadly, it still appears AT&T is blocking the function but if you found a workaround, feel free to share that as well.

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Jul 20, 2011 PlayBook OS v1.0.7.2670 now available for download!
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PlayBook OS update

It seems like just yesterday we were all waiting anxiously for the PlayBook OS update to v1.0.7.2650… oh wait, it was yesterday.

And then the update was pulled due to issues users were having with BlackBerry Bridge, and a lot of people were left unable to update. RIM announced on Twitter that they were expecting to release an update "later this week" which left a lot of people wary, thinking that they wouldn't see this update any time soon. Well, the wait is over, and OS v1.0.7.2670 is now available! Grab your PlayBook, and get to downloading.

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Jul 19, 2011 BlackBerry PlayBook OS Update v.1.0.7.2650 no longer available
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BlackBerry PlayBook

After all that waiting, Research In Motion has now pulled the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS update due to amounting concerns from users who have had issues with BlackBerry Bridge after having updated. The CrackBerry forums filled up rather quickly with this issue and while there is some workarounds to correct the issue, RIM still felt it best to remove the update. As announced on the @BlackBerry Twitter account:

Some users were experiencing issues with Bridge & 1.0.7. We expect to release an update with a fix later this week

If you're experiencing issues, then by all means -- hit up the forums and see how you might be able to get things working correctly.

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Jun 14, 2011 RIM working with YOU i Labs to bring the UI to the next level?
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RIM and YOU i Labs

It looks like RIM is reaching out to YOU i Labs in an effort to develop the UI or future smartphones and tablets. YOU i Labs is a Canadian company that is responsible for building “inspirational user interfaces” – prodiving a natural UI framework and software services. The result is an incredibly smooth and interactive experience to start. According to their website, roughly 500 million devices in the market are running YOU i Labs developed software; could BlackBerry be added to that list? A low rumbling of rumours in the intertubes suggests a partnering between RIM and YOU i Labs.

Some of the products of YOU i Labs includes uSwish – a graphical UI platform that supports Haptics, Multi-touch, Gestures, Physics and Stereoscopic 3D. A look at the Embedded OS support list reveals that it includes QNX (hmm). Another product is isGPU (Intelligent Software Graphics Processor Unit) which is a set of libraries for 3D and 2D graphics. It brings the benefit of amazing rendering power over OS /platforms graphics support. For developers and hardware manufacturers, it gives them an OS independent graphic solution (lessening app porting costs and marketing time). Coincidently QNX is also supported (double hmm).

Now check this out – the PlayBook UI was designed by Teknision; another Canadian company which also works with YOU i Labs (triple hmm). Could these be the pieces falling into place that will allow us to see QNX powering BlackBerry smartphones? Last year, RIM acquired TAT with hopes to strengthen the design of its UI. If RIM is looking to compete with other devices /tablets (and hopefully silence critics) with a truly unique interface and experience then this partnership may be a step in the right direction.

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Jun 07, 2011 BlackBerry PlayBook OS updated to v1.0.5.2304
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1.0.5.2304

It's been quite some time since the last BlackBerry PlayBook update and many users have been asking when the next one will roll out. With a lot of rumors and speculation now past us, we can say that today is the day for an update to roll out. You'll find the changes listed below for your viewing pleasure:

  • Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook -- The first Facebook app optimized for tablets now comes preloaded and introduces new features including video uploading, message deletion, Facebook search enhancements and more.
  • In-App Payments Support -- Enables developers to create apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook using the BlackBerry Payment Service, which will allow users to purchase enhancements within apps such as another level in a game or a new edition of a magazine.
  • Additional Language Support -- Updates language support to include: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and UK English.
  • BlackBerry PlayBook Charging Enhancements -- By simply touching the battery indicator on the BlackBerry PlayBook home screen users can easily adjust the screen brightness or choose to restart, turn off, or put the tablet into standby mode. Other charging improvements include the ability to charge the PlayBook while it is turned off, as well as an on-screen alert to notify users if they accidentally have plugged in an incorrect charger into their BlackBerry PlayBook.
  • Video Chat Connectivity -- Adds support for the TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT) protocol, which enhances Video Chat connections between users on home, public and enterprise Wi-Fi networks.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Detection -- Automatic Wi-Fi hotspot detection in the BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 makes it easier to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot (at a coffee shop or an airport, for example).

For some, the update may not appear to be much but it is in fact laying the groundwork for larger updates that will be rolling out soon. Go ahead, check for updates -- it should be there for most folks now. if you're not seeing it, sit tight it's on the way. Official changelog is available after the break, courtesy of our friends over at Inside BlackBerry or you can head on into the CrackBerry forums and share your findings right now!

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May 03, 2011 Official OS 1.0.3.1868 for the BlackBerry PlayBook now available
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PlayBook OS 1.0.3.1868

Announced earlier today, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 1.0.3.1868 is now showing as an available update. This version brings along video chat, BBM, document editing and homescreen bookmarks. This is probably the best update we've seen yet as far as features, so if you're rolling with a PlayBook then check for the update if you aren't seeing it already. We'll be sure to report back with more when we get it up and running!

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Apr 22, 2011 Official OS 1.0.1.1746 for the BlackBerry PlayBook now available
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PlayBook OS 1.0.1.1746

* Update from Kevin: So it seems Adam's PlayBook is posessed. He downloaded the .1746 update as shown above, but it wouldn't actually install on his device. Now he's even seeing .1758 available for download, but same thing, it won't install. So these are updates that are NOT AVAILBLE to all right now. Not quite sure what's going on here. So for now .1710 is still the latest official available. *

Just this morning we saw an official update to OS 1.0.1.1710 for the BlackBerry PlayBook, and now it looks like another update is available as well. OS 1.0.1.1746 is showing for some users as an OTA update now. I did say I wouldn't mind having an OS update once a day, and having two in one day isn't so bad either. No word of what's new in this version, so check your device for available updates and then head into the forums to post your findings.

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