Press Release: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Available Today

BlackBerry PlayBook Update
By Bla1ze on 21 Feb 2012 05:01 am EST
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Press Release

New OS delivers an enriched user experience for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users

Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced that the new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 will be released for download today. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers an enhanced tablet experience and allows you to use the BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day - at work and at play.

“Building on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s proven web browsing, multimedia and multitasking strengths, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 introduces a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded app and content support,” said David J. Smith, SVP Mobile Computing, Research In Motion.

New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 features include:

  • Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 you have the option to use a  unified inbox that consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from Facebook®, LinkedIn® and Twitter®, as well as personal and work email accounts.
  • Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps:  The built-in calendar harnesses information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it.  Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.
  • Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry® Bridge™ is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth® connection between your BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry® smartphone (including BBM™, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser) in order to let you view the content on the larger tablet display. With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it’s easier and quicker than ever to take documents, web pages, emails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook for an optimized viewing and editing experience. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.
  • Improved mobile productivity: Updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry® Balance ™ allow you to get more out of your BlackBerry PlayBook every day. Plus, an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how you type to enable faster, more accurate typing.
  • New apps and content: Thousands of new apps are being added to BlackBerry App World™ today (including a range of Android® apps that will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook). A new BlackBerry Video Store1 is launching today. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.

In conjunction with the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, RIM is making available an initial release of BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion that will include support for managing BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry smartphones2 in an enterprise. The full release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion (with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices) is planned for general availability in late March 2012. For more information about BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, please visit www.blackberry.com/mobilefusion.

Availability

The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software update is now available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

Additional Reference Material

1) BlackBerry Video Store will initially be available in the United States. Support for other countries is expected to be added later this year.

2) BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Studio can be used to manage BlackBerry smartphones through a single unified console, supporting devices activated on BlackBerry Enterprise Server version 5.0.3 or later.

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.


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25 comments

Douglasfx

The best tablet in the market is now PERFECT :) and now we have video store!!!

Elite1

My initial disappointment is that the Video Store isn't available at release in RIM's home country of Canada.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that this is due to tricky Canadian media ownership/licensing laws.

Hamp

Great breakdown of official features. Thank you RIM!

world traveler and former ceo

aweome! ........just loaded the playbook 2.0 here in Tokyo! ... absolutely love it!!!!

rexrim

thanks rim !!! after so many long wait!! btw im going to download 1st..c u all later <3

Blackberry_boffin

Ahh it just predicted what I typed there. I am now complete.

sjwright

Awesome stuff, love it!!

PsyCorps

now we can finally joint he "damn you autocorrect" legion....
nah, just kidding, it is great!

thudpaul

why bridge still not updated?

Elite1

Bridge was updated yesterday. The new version number starts with a 2.0 just like the PB OS. IIRC the current Bridge release was 2.0.0.25.

juanchy

Excellent update however Twitter App still pending. Hopefully Tweetbot will come up with the App.

TechRonimus

How long did it take to do update to 2.0?

lowellton

how long did it take to do update to 2.0? mine 2 hours and still updating. i wipe my pb though before i upgrade via bdm

juanchy

30 minutes including rebooting

Jonnn21

Just updated: Opened my browser and it closes immediatly. I cant get it to open at all.

Another reboot did not work! What the heck!

eagle2point0

Early thoughts on OS 2.0: Yay on independent mail, contacts, calendar (no longer need to Bridge with the phone), icon grouping and multiple windows. Nay on lack of BBM (not sure why is this is still an issue when every BB device has it's own PIN), Android support in the App Store and (this may be frivolous but still irked me) still can't adjust the wallpaper background (you can change the background but the tablet determines how the background is presented).

Elite1

I think the problem with BBM is actually because of the separate PINs. Most people want to use their own existing BBM Contacts (and Groups!!!) on the PB, but without Bridge I can imagine this would be very difficult to reconcile.

ScottB119

Early impression, Like the keyboard better, it always seemed to quit on me in the middle of typing. Do not understand the long boot up time on a device like this it should be much much quicker, was hoping for improvement in the 2.0 release.

smaftabh

Hi guys i just downloaded mine and made a video!
Check it out on how it looks!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xitHEek0PU

Abadi1982

Hi,

any news regarding Arabic language? and Why BB neglecting Arabic users all this time? if they don't plan to include Arabic language then why the hell BB force communication companies in Gulf and specifically in Saudi Arabia to buy Playbook??

dyingwithin

This update is actually a disappointment and I bet most of you haven't used an Android tablet or checked the android store bcus to me with out good apps the update didn't change any thing

Elite1

If you read the press release, you'd see that "thousands" of new apps will be imminently released in App World.

junaidiy

Os2 working smoothly in my pb. Just love it. Tqs rim