BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta to be released soon, RIM currently testing v2.1.0.560

BlackBerry PlayBook
By Bla1ze on 29 May 2012 07:35 pm
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Internally, RIM has been testing 2.1 builds of their BlackBerry PlayBook OS for quite some time now. Shortly after the big 2.0 OS drop, RIM hopped right into building 2.1 and now they seem ready to go ahead and give folks a look at just what they've been working on according to some tweets from Michael Clewley, BlackBerry PlayBook Product Manager at RIM.

Lots of questions about the #PlayBook 2.1 beta, they will be answered in the blog post when it's available so stay tuned!

Right now, the ETA is sitting at "end of May" -- so take from that what you will. The beta process will be the same as the previous one but we're now hearing the version that is being tested for developer beta release sits 2.1.0.560. What changes will it bring? We'll have to wait and see but I know for sure, PlayBook fans will enjoy going through it and picking out the highlights.

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46 comments

sickyute

Good stuff! Looking forward to it!!

jechow

Is that your case? Looking forward to native bbm.

BBforAll

Here is the change log:

- Security updates.

rexrim

Hope native twitter relese on this ths os!

Bla1ze

Don't hold your breath.

axllebeer

Can I hold my breath for USB host? :P

Bla1ze

Yes. I say that because it is suggested to of have been included with this release however, I cannot confirm that 100%. But what I do know is it was on the table for inclusion.

axllebeer

Sweet. I'll cross fingers for hope then. Thanks for the info :)

terminatorx

I hope not. Do you think everyone uses Twitter? It's not a necessity to have a native Twitter, or Facebook for that matter. If you like Twitter, load the app and use it or go to the website via browser.

diegonei

I'd be glad with enhanced stability and memory management... I have a dreadful memory leak somewhere right now...

rexxenex

Berry pomegranate what?!

Rootbrian

Misleading. What an arse of a blogger you linked.

El Platanero

My guess would be the keyboard. Since their are those making the imitation why not just release it?

the_sleuth

Hopefully better email app.

ClassyBOLD

Here are the rumored updates in 2.1:

-Portrait orientation support for PIM apps (Email, Calendar, Contacts)
-Bridge update to enable SMS/MMS and Bridge via wifi
-Multitasking support for Android runtime
-Additional APIs for the Android runtime(camera and in-app payments)

Other rumored updates (unlikely unless they announce PlayBook 4G LTE):
-Support for mobile network and data provisioning

terminatorx

Yes, that would be nice if they did. With better bookmark management. At least providing the ability to import a bookmark.html file exported from a desktop browser.

ndsouza

Lessen the start up time and better memory management!!!!

cblguy

Non duplicating email!!! Honestly, who tests these updates? How do I get those big $$$?

BB_Bmore

Usb host? Wtf took so long! Rim needs to do big things to get big results.

joski

While I think USB Host can be extremely useful (I'm an Arduino nerd), I think it leaves a gaping hole in security - similar to the lack of SD card-ness.

I'd never trade security for a feature like that. It would feel like I was using an Android device - not that that's terrible or anything though.

biglo30

Skype and native BBM is all I want.

Rootbrian

RIM doesn't make skype.

terminatorx

Skype and *native BBM* would be great. Somebody else mentioned native Twitter, and I'm like what???

Superfly_FR

Isn't a "developer" missing in "BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta" title ? I mean, is this a dev beta or a public beta ? As of now, I thought this was a dev one, intended to run (runtime, compatibility box, whatever) BB10 apps with cascade over a physical device.
Was I wrong ?

rickgainsmith

Enhanced super dupa airplane mode?

Caspan

Okay RIM will this finally fix the PlayBook issue that you will not seem to make public knowledge even thought every exchange 2007 user has encountered since 2.1 upgrade? We are sick of telling our employees they cannot use their PlayBooks for corporate use because it sends duplicate emails! 2 months guys 2 months this has been an issue and you have known about it.

http://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?p=7425070
http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/BlackBerry-PlayBook/E-mail-duplic...

have a read and tell me you think this is responsible to your corporate clients!

halftime2

I only want 3 improvements: Skype, Skype and Skype.

mckillio

Skype is creepy, keep it away.

Sucroid

I only want 3 things: PDF API, USB host mode, CJK keyboard.

Sucroid.com - Sweet apps for the fans

Rootbrian

RIM doesn't make the skype app.

shemaree09

I have this Playbook Case!! Its a Cygnett Lavish Earth Playbook Case.

Its so nice!

crackcookie

Being able to run things such as Skype and or netflix are half the reason why people get a specific device. If this device has Skype it would sell more, period. It already has a front facing camera.

And the website, imo doesn't work properly.

Rootbrian

RIM doesn't make the apps for skype or netflix.

lebird

Please sir, can I have more?.... just a little Skype

Rootbrian

But RIM doesn't make that app.

myklgrant

So, does anyone think sideloading will go?

udayapavan

Just waiting for the Update

BB_Bmore

its coming "soon" but for real this time :)

masterscarhead1

The camera function now works in andriod. I'm not sure about the mic. Only time can tell whether skype video chat will work with the android function. Hold tight. Once it starts downloading, I will report back. My guess is it won't work, but keep you fingers crossed.

andey_

it's June 10th, where is it?

WonderfulWaterloo.com

Please include USB Host in the next update.

BM02GAN

Is this out at all yet?