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BlackBerry PlayBook OS version now available via Desktop Manager!

BlackBerry PlayBook OS Update
By Kevin Michaluk on 18 Apr 2011 02:26 pm EDT

** Update 2: Looks like .1690 is available via WiFi now, so it's definitely an intended release. Not quite sure why my unit picked up the quincy stuff - maybe due to the fact it's prerelease hardware. Will be buying a new PlayBook in the morning so it's all good! **

* Update: OOOPS. With new icons for Server Urls, Bug Reporter and Quincy now installed on my PlayBook, I'm assuming this was an internal build that wasn't really meant for general consumer installation. I guess we can call this the LEAKED version of a PlayBook OS.  Thanks RIM!!! *

Well this is interesting. While Adam and I have been hitting the Check for Updates button on the PlayBook constantly looking for a new software update, it turns out RIM has pushed one out via Desktop Manager. Plugging the PlayBook into the Desktop Manager via microUSB cable popped up the above prompt to upgrade to version, which I'm in the process of doing right now as I blog this.

So this confirms a couple of things to us about the BlackBerry PlayBook and the BlackBerry Tablet OS:

  • You can also upgrade the device via Desktop Manager - you're not stuck to OTA updates only
  • It looks like updates may become available via Desktop Manager sooner than OTA
    This will be my 4th OS update in ten days on the BlackBerry PlayBook, this one coming on the eve of the PlayBook's official launch date. If we see any major changes, we'll hit be sure to report them. It's maybe a little too soon to start up an Official Findings and Fixes thread in the CrackBerry forums for this one, seeing as only a handful of people have the device at this point, but regardless you'll want to keep it locked to our BlackBerry PlayBook forum for everything and everything BlackBerry tablet.


    Nice! They are really cranking out the updates.


    Yes this is great. I hope it brings lots of goodies!


    Come on best buy. Ship my pre-order already lol! I'll end up getting it later than the launch day :(


    Looks like I'm in the same boat, damn you best buy!!

    the brother

    Congrats to all who will peel the shrink wrap later tonight or tomorrow morning. Envious.


    No shrink wrap. But unboxing it was still sweet. :)


    Can you confirm if silvelight is now supported?

    Kevin Michaluk

    Checked on the weekend and it wasn't (

    Will check on this build...


    Perhaps the update is being pushed via Desktop Manager to help balance the load of the initial update.


    Just talked to multiple Best Buy locations, looks like they will only have 16Gb in stock tomorrow (maybe varies by location), Pre-orders will start shipping ON 4/19,


    BEst Buy are a bunch of f-ing a-holes I called them and asked specifically if I would get it on the 19th and they told me point blank yes. But that was a lie. They are the "official" pre-order company RIM should just shoot them. No more pre-ordering from best buy for me.


    This is good. I was worried with thousands (hundreds of thousands) of people doing OTA updates on the 19th. IT might kill RIMS servers. Glad they are doing this through DTM. Maybe it's already downloaded to my laptop just hidden until I get my playbook. Which looks like it won't be tomorrow. DAMN YOU BEST BUY!!!


    lol thank god my friend is the head of electronics at a local sears, hes holding 1 of 2 64gb for me, ill be getting it in the morning. Crackberry via playbook tomorrow wooot.


    Hey Kevin, do you know if the Best Buy on St.James will have the 32GB or 64GB Playbook tomorrow morning?

    Kevin Michaluk

    not sure, but i'm heading there for 7pm to buy one whatever it is!


    I assume this means the one you have been using needs to go back to RIM?

    Kevin Michaluk

    Not sure. Want to buy my own nomatter what.. if RIM doesn't need this one back i'll keep it though :)


    Good idea to cover your bases. ;)


    Staples across the street. If your Interested, ask for Jamil.
    I talked to him today, they have a few 64s, and more 32s and 16s.


    What version are you currently running?


    no updates found on mine with desktop manager.. currently at 1628


    Staples shipped my pre-order a few days ago and it is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow! Woot! Glad I went with them and not Best Buy.. Sorry for you Best Buy guys. That would drive me NUTS!


    I can't get mine till Friday (payday) :(


    Well since Best Buy gave two different answers, technically there is a 50/50 chance today's answer was wrong and we will get the pre-orders tomorrow...wishful thinking, I am sure on my part.


    The PlayBook is going to do just fine =)


    anyone know of any midnight launches within the us?


    Looks like the PB requires the OTA wifi setup FIRST before it will do anything with DM. I'm still stuck at the wifi screen. :(


    Damn...i am not getting the update. Tried via DM, but it says no update available. Does Bridge work on new version?


    This is available for me via OTA. Almost done downloading.


    I just got it OTA also...nothing on DM 60% downloading. Was having trouble reaching the server.


    I am going to wait till RIM had a chance to fix all the bugs/issues even if it means I have to wait few years... Lol


    Hey Kevin,
    Does this update enable the playing of MKV files??


    Best Buy sucks!!!!!! we will not have our Playbook's tomorrow..... and we pre-order it 2 - 3 weeks ago!!!!!! If you ask them they just lie to you and told you that you will have the playbook on your hands the day is release, just a bunch of lies mine is not yet ship and Staples shipped the Playbooks a few days ago and some guys will received their playbook tomorrow!!!!


    Hi, may I ask why I always failed why my playbook os doesn't updated ?
    I've try to update it several times with different OS build, but everytime I've install the update, restart, the success confirmation didn't show up and the os is still in old build...



    I'm stuck at the BLackberry ID Agreement page. It will not keep the Country in the drop down menu. I cant get past this, it never stays selected. HELP!

    Btw, my BB desktop software isnt seeing the PB either. Version 2.0.1 is the only one available for the mac.


    almost forgot about downloading the new desktop manager