The improvements in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 bring a new e-mail client to the device along with a calendar app and a contacts list that is integrated with LinkedIn. Additionally, some new enhancements have been made to the BlackBerry Bridge. When we showed you a video demonstration of the OS earlier this month, we told you that some Android apps were running on Playbook 2.0 and we were told that existing Android apps can be submitted by developers to BlackBerry AppWorld.
If RIM does rollout the PlayBook OS 2.0 update on February 17t, it would be nearly 10 months after the launch of the actual BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. That really seems too long to wait to make much-needed improvements to the device. With RIM's recently leaked roadmap showing that the Canadian manufacturer plans on releasing two tablets this year, including a first anniversary BlackBerry PlayBook refresh, RIM will need to prove that it can produce a tablet that can compete in a highly competitive market.