We heard earlier today that a new OS update for the BlackBerry PlayBook would be made available as early tonight and now we have some details as to just what will be included in the new software. OS 1.0.3 will include both the much anticipated video chat as well as BBM (via Bridge). Document editing via Bridge is a new feature that will allow users to edit documents stored on your phone via the PlayBook, and also users will now have the ability to create browser bookmarks on the homescreen for one-click access.
The update is scheduled to roll out later this evening and should be fully available by Tuesday. To check for the update, go to Settings > Software Update on your PlayBook (or just wait for the notification). Keep reading for full details on all the included features.
Source: Inside BlackBerry
BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat
The Video Chat application enables video and voice over Wi-Fi calling between BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in peer-to-peer or enterprise environments using your BlackBerry® ID profile. Here are some of the features I'm really excited about:
- One-Click Calls - With just one click you can make a call from your Video Chat contact list, log of recent calls or simply by entering the BlackBerry ID email address of the person you want to call.
- Incoming Call Notifications - You will receive a notification pop-up when a new video call comes in, allowing you to accept the call as either a video or voice call, or decline the call. For those quiet moments - such as when you're watching a movie, playing a game or listening to music - you will also have the ability to simply set the "Do Not Disturb" option and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will automatically ignore all incoming calls.
- Powerful In-Call Functions - By using the picture-in-picture function you can easily preview what your camera is seeing prior to placing the call to see the video feed you will be sending. You can also easily switch cameras from front to rear so your friends can see what you see, and for private moments you can mute/unmute audio or make or take calls using voice only.
- Friends List - BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat comes complete with a Friends List for maintaining your contacts. A friendly name and a picture can easily be added to a contact to personalize the entry and a Call Log makes it simple to keep track of who called, as well as when and what calls were missed. Friends are added using their BlackBerry ID profile.
- Video Chat Multitasking - Thanks to the power of the BlackBerry Tablet OS and its true multitasking capabilities, video and voice over Wi-Fi chats can continue running in the background while you interact with other applications.
- HDMI Video Chat - In addition to chatting using the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's high-resolution screen, Video Chat supports HDMI output when in ‘Mirror Mode', allowing you to output what is on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's screen to a larger HD television or monitor.
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Support via BlackBerry Bridge
BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.3 expands the BlackBerry Bridge experience to include BBM (woot! Ed.). BlackBerry smartphone users with BlackBerry Bridge enabled can now mirror their smartphone BBM on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's large high-resolution display over a secure Bluetooth® connection. BBM via BlackBerry Bridge features:
- Full BBM Chat Functionality - Either one-to-one or multi-person chats.
- BBM Status Updates - Let your friends know how you feel about your new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet!
- Photo Sharing - Via the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or your BlackBerry smartphone SD card.
- BBM Alerts - New BlackBerry Messenger alerts will appear on the BlackBerry PlayBook notification ribbon.
Document Editing via BlackBerry Bridge
In addition to BBM, BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.3 now adds document-editing support via BlackBerry Bridge to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. This means that documents sitting on your BlackBerry smartphone can now be accessed via secure Bluetooth connection, edited on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's large high-resolution display and then saved back to your BlackBerry smartphone. Here are some important aspects of document editing via BlackBerry Bridge to note:
Home Screen Browser Bookmarks
- File Access - Access to your pictures, documents, spreadsheets and slideshows via either email over BlackBerry Bridge or the BlackBerry Bridge files application. With BlackBerry Bridge, you can view photos and office documents and edit spreadsheets and text-based documents.
- BlackBerry® Internet Service Support - When bridged to a BlackBerry smartphone with a BIS service plan, users can select to either save their document locally on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or back onto their BlackBerry smartphone SD card.
- BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Support - When bridged to a BlackBerry smartphone operating on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, documents automatically get saved back to the BlackBerry smartphone SD card to help ensure corporate data is kept secure.
Users can now quickly save a BlackBerry PlayBook Browser bookmark to the PlayBook tablet home screen for easy access. Select the browser bookmark from the home screen, and the BlackBerry PlayBook browser will automatically launch the webpage you want to see!