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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0.982 suggested to be arriving tomorrow along with BlackBerry Bridge 2.1 [Updated]

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By Bla1ze on 18 Sep 2012 02:49 pm EDT
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*UPDATE* - As noted previously, RIM has a habit of switching dates at the last minute and this release seems to be once again placed on hold for the time being for whatever reason. Back to playing the waiting game. Sorry folks!

For BlackBerry PlayBook owners, it's been a bit of a wait for OS 2.1 to arrive. It has been rumored to be arriving for quite some time now but that day never came and it has left people wondering where the update is. Some rumors have been floated around suggesting it will arrive on September 20th and while that's certainly plausible, we've taken it upon ourselves to go ahead and look into it a bit further as well.

As it turns out, that date may only be off by a day with the release of OS 2.1.0.982 (WiFi only we're hearing) and an update that pushes BlackBerry Bridge into v2.1 coming as early as tomorrow. We won't go so far as to say confirmed indefinitely because RIM does have a habit of switching dates at the last minute but feel free to start smashing your button to check for updates starting tomorrow morning, if you simply cannot wait for the notification to arrive.

Upset about the wait? Discuss it in the CrackBerry Forums

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0.982 suggested to be arriving tomorrow along with BlackBerry Bridge 2.1 [Updated]

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Have you heard anything about what might be included in this version - or perhaps more importantly, what might still be missing?

All the stuff noted on this missed target - http://crackberry.com/rim-preparing-blackberry-playbook-os-21-rollout-playbook-4g-launch-nears

Anyone ever notice how many articles on Crackberry begin with a sentence that reminds us how much "waiting" we have had to endure? Love it :)

Just got the update! message that says you currently have the latest software installed. lol, yea yea, I know you got caught. lol

Charging my PB, make sure it has plenty of juice for tomorrow morning :)

check the post update and I had a different reply, but since the date changed, I changed my reply.

So for those of us that have the beta installed we will have text via bridge as soon as the bridge update hits ;)

I'm looking forward to this update. Not holding my breath for the tomorrow release though. I will be checking for it first thing tomorrow morning anyways.

ARRRGGH! My PB is off at RIM for warranty exchange. As if I wasnt in withdrawals already....

Does anyone know if this is the update that will remove the ability to sideload Android apps or will that come later?

Bout Time, I'm one of the users that got screwed with teh last "official" update that was up for a few hours before it got pulled, and am stuck with a bunch of aps that will not load unless your are internet connected.

*UPDATE* - As noted previously, RIM has a habit of switching dates at the last minute and this release seems to be once again placed on hold for the time being for whatever reason. Back to playing the waiting game. Sorry folks!

You have got to be fugging kidding me....

Should anyone be surprised about what? CrackBerry users complaining about RIM for "missing" dates that they didn't announce, but rather came through the rumour mill? And holding a grudge about them missing a date that they didn't announce either?

I'm certainly not surprised about that at all.

I don't even bother to get excited anymore. It does ensue when my playbook says update available. LOL!

RIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! (screamed like Kirk's "Kahn" from the Wrath of Khan). Really will be amazed if BB10 makes it Q1 2013 given RIM's QNX delivery track record!

3Q2013 is my best estimate when BlackBerry 10 will actually be released to the public. A cold day in Hades seems more likely at this juncture.

Unreal. Maybe there should just be zero reporting on this until it actually appears on a Playbook.

3months b4 the assumed launch of RIM and they still can't get a stupid little update together to distribute.

RIM is probably cycling through a transition to a new group of co-op students given it is September. Maybe CrackBerry Kevin can contact Mrs. CEO and ask her to without "marital relations" from Mr. CEO until after BlackBerry 10 is released and definitely until after BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.1 is released. On second thought maybe Mrs. CrackBerry should call Mrs. CEO and talk girl to girl. ROFLMAO

So curious how this all came about..."hey bla1ze you didn't hear this from me but 2.1 is coming tomorrow" *1 hour later*..."hey bla1ze remember that one time at devcon when you hid my BB from me for 2 hours?" "payback is a bizzznitch" FML

Now that's good comedy!
I'll willingly forgo a small upgrade if BB10 arrives sooner for my Playbook. Hopefully manpower is being deployed to that end. BB10 BB10 BB10

I'm on the 2.1 BETA and it is a little wonky so I can't wait for OS2.1 let alone BB10.

I love my BB Playbook and love these updates.

Be positive #teamblackberry all is good in RIM Land

A lot of people in Ottawa picking up Playbooks in the last week with the insane low prices!

How can anyone here complain about leaving RIM for a Nexus 7 or any other device? RIM wasn't the ones saying it will be updated tomorrow, then changed it an hour later? I respect Bla1ze and his sources, but I won't jump ship because his source wasn't 100% accurate. I was excited, but until I get the Bridge update, I will not think anything is official.

BB10 is the future, let them work on that and get 2.1 out whenever they do it, as long as it's not a week before BB10 lol. Lets all just wait to see what RIM announces next week! 2.1 update (with additional apps not mentioned...we know of features being updated, but no word on cascade apps thats will be released with the update!) and also BB10 previews and hardware!!

Why are you such a _ _ _ _ head? Really. I bet at work you are known as the guy who says whatever crap about other people followed by "just joking" "lol".

What's your problem dude? I'm sick of hateful comments against what crackberry posts and people saying how poor certain blogs are written. I have never had a problem reading one or understanding what it says.

And this is one of the main reasons RIM is doing so poorly. So much for Thorsten being able to clean up the development teams inability to release updates. BB10 isn't going to save them if they can't get the rest of their shit together. RIM if you want to be taken seriously then get serious and get to work.

Important question, it says that calendar and contacts and whatever else will have portrait mode.

Well...

Will that also be brought to VideoChat as well as upside down mode? Since when I VideoChat, sometimes I need it to charge at the same time and this isn't possible upwards.

Thanks to whoever can try and find an answer, or Bla1ze, or Kevin, or Adam or anyone else on the team or from the members.

I think they will keep it for the 9/25 Blackberry Jam...I hope it will come soon...we CAN'T wait a year until BB10 arrives

RIM never said anything was coming.... Someone started a rumor and like everything else, it went viral. Crackberry should have just not post anything until they got confirmed, concrete information to report, now when you post unconfirmed stuff like this, you help turn people against RIM saying RIM can never keep a promise when infact they never mentioned anything was coming tomorrow...

Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease
I really would love to get 2.1 soon, because I take the bus to and from my college, and on the half hour each way ride, I am on my PlayBook, either reading on the Kobo app, or surfing the internet. And whenever I get a text or call, I hate digging for my phone. After 2.1, all I need is a bridge phone app that allows me to take and make calls on the PlayBook, using either the built in speaker & microphone, or using headphones with a microphone on them!

There's one simple solution for all of you keep crying about getting 2.1..... Register and download the 2.1 beta, I've been on it since release and it works awesome. Less battery drain when bridged, portrait email, Android apps in individual windows and everything is much snapier. So if you feel the need to bitch about when, and how, and why not... Don't, just get registered and get downloading. Otherwise your all starting to sound like a bunch of 10 year old school girl crying because johny didn't say hi to you. WTFC!!!

There's one simple solution for all of you keep crying about getting 2.1..... Register and download the 2.1 beta, I've been on it since release and it works awesome. Less battery drain when bridged, portrait email, Android apps in individual windows and everything is much snapier. So if you feel the need to bitch about when, and how, and why not... Don't, just get registered and get downloading. Otherwise your all starting to sound like a bunch of 10 year old school girl crying because johny didn't say hi to you. WTFC!!!

Can't wait! OS 2.1 seems like a major update, should be called, OS 3.0 :)
I'd really like better Android app support in the future, I tend to download lots of those and they can be buggy. And maybe a built in cross-platform video chat, that would be sick! That's all, I still use my PlayBook a lot, haven't seen too many others with it, hope that changes in the near future. Keep up the good work, RIM!

From what I recall, the PB updates have been occurring on Thursdays rather than the traditional Tuesday updates. My guess is it'll be this Thursday.

I really wish they wouldn't bother with 2.1 and just focus on getting BB10 out there. It is probably only one developer working in his basement (as none of the RIM Devs I know even know that they are still working on 2.1) but he should get cracking on BB10! Let's make THAT cool, FAST and bulletproof. The 2M or so of the rest that own Playbooks of us can live with 2.0 or the 2.1 beta until 1Q.

The latest OS sucks! If the new one isn't any better I have to downgrade to the previous one before .668

The battery gets drained quickly even in sleep unless the wifi is off, it is very unstable especialy with blackberry bridge and using heavy flash in the browser.

I still love it, bought another one the other day.

Can't wait for some update the makes this browser more usable. So much checkerboarding its so frustrating. Bought the wife an ipad2 because she likes her apple products. I put them both on the kitchen counter and did some browser comparisons and could not find a single website that loaded quicker on my playbook. I turned off flash and still couldn't beat the ipad. I'm using 2.1 beta and really hoping the next upgrade will fix this horribly slow browsing experience. I love my playbook because of its portability, multitasking and because it's a BlackBerry but there is no denying the ipad2 's browser is way better in almost every way. Come on rim fix this thing, please!

Express your disappointment by trying a different tablet. That's what I did. Bitching and complaining won't solve anything. I still love my playbook and hope that the update will be worth the wait. Until then, I am finding myself using my nexus 7 more and more. I had no idea how much we were missing out on. :(

Unfortunately your probably right I just really want my playbook to be the best. Sometimes it's hard to give up. I'm holding out for bb10. If it isn't all I want it to be I'll be jumping ship. Maybe give Microsoft phones and tablets a try. Wouldn't want to use apple products and not a huge fan of android either. Fingers crossed that rim can pull it off, maybe it's just wishful thinking......

The playbook, which I bought on day 1, and still like somewhat, has been the death of RIM. I bet Thor would like to kill it.

A phone and a tablet are very different devices. There really is no need for RIM to build tablets.I think the playbook is a one off disaster.

I still plan on buying a bb10 phone, but everything else will be Windows 8. Surface plus Thinkpad, and Lenovo Idea Center desktop. If BB10 faild then obviously a Nokia 920

I must agree with one of the last comments above, I can't wait for a new official update.

Having said that I've been on the latest beta for a while now and it does work great, yes a few bugs still but in my opinion it's a big improvement on the latest official build.

So just register and download the latest 2.1.0.840 beta, it's faster and more stable than the previous beta and I wouldn't go back to the official 2.0.

Hopefully soon this new official 2.1 will land on Earth finally!!

Can't wait for BB10 but it'd better be good this time and ready considering I bought my playbook on the very first day it came out!!

@ Team CrackBerry: Guys, given the known issues with RIM and delaying releases and such why don’t you just wait before posting anything news about releases and updates? Once you really know something bring it on loud and proud! But till then just wait and see what happens. Guess this would also improve your credibility.

I think they pushed it off because IOS6 is suppose to drop at the same day, and they didn't want to overshadowed

My PB response and internet surfing has gotten really laggy but I'm not sure why. Been holding off on reloading until this comes out so I hope it's soon! I love my PB and my 9850! Fantastic devices.

These rumours are great, they get me all excited my first playbook come from the states before release in the UK. My grandson is now using that one, I could not resist the price in the UK of the 64 gb playbook now running 2.1 beta I back up regular, when a new os system comes out I back up and security wipe and load new os. I find by doing this I don't have any bugs or bring glitches with it. I look forward which hopefully tomorrow we will have an upgrade then another at the beginning of next year.
For all those blackberry fans out there that are happy with the product and look forward to updated and new things then great. As bb is not dying but being reborn with new products. My playbook and torch are growing up with every upgrade. Stay with BlackBerry as you will be disappointed if you change. Regards to all Julz

These rumours are great, they get me all excited my first playbook come from the states before release in the UK. My grandson is now using that one, I could not resist the price in the UK of the 64 gb playbook now running 2.1 beta I back up regular, when a new os system comes out I back up and security wipe and load new os. I find by doing this I don't have any bugs or bring glitches with it. I look forward which hopefully tomorrow we will have an upgrade then another at the beginning of next year.
For all those blackberry fans out there that are happy with the product and look forward to updated and new things then great. As bb is not dying but being reborn with new products. My playbook and torch are growing up with every upgrade. Stay with BlackBerry as you will be disappointed if you change. Regards to all Julz

From Bla1ze, "As noted previously, RIM has a habit of switching dates at the last minute and this release seems to be once again placed on hold for the time being for whatever reason. Back to playing the waiting game. Sorry folks!"

You are forgiven as you are merely the messenger. However, it is way past time that RIM be held accountable for these stunts. I say we should lock-up Thorsten's motorcycle until he learns to stop jerking his clients around. I knew a Thursday release announcement would not end well and I was proven correct yet again.

I fail to understand how this is RIM's fault. Not that they haven't botched releases in the past but they never announced this. Personally I thank blaze for the tip. Unless your a highschool freshman you should now that rumors are often untrue, put personally I enjoy reading them anyway. As for Thorstein, you may not like him but you can't say he hasn't done a much better job then mike and jim in their final years.

I've been bashing my "Check for updates" button all day, but in truth I'm quite happy with the Beta 2.1.0.840. Odd browser crash, but I had those anyway.

No complaints with the device really. Wish they'd get my txt bridging sorted out.

Other than that PB FTW!

Have been very happy with the .840 Beta - no problems at all. The ability to have multiple Android emulators running together is brilliant! Now once really cannot tell the difference between a native app and the .bar apps / sideloaded apps. Eagerly looking forward to .982 and the updated Bridge software. Am sure there will be more goodies coming along our way :-)

Update on 21 Sep ... just got a 1 MB update for the Beta .840 ... well, something is better than nothing :-)