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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update now available

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update now available
RIM has finally released BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 - the biggest update to its tablet operating system bringing much needed improvements like the addition of a native email client, social networking integration as well as nice perks such as the option to use your tablet as a remote control.

One notable new feature is the possibility to install Android applications, and even some of them will end up recoded for the BlackBerry App World.

Now, the original PlayBook OS took a couple of weird shortcuts like not including native email client. In order to get to the contents of your mailbox, you’d need to tether the tablet to a BlackBerry smartphone - a ridiculous decision that made the PlayBook look less like an independent product and more like an addition to a BlackBerry smartphone.

The new version of the QNX-based operating system finally fixes that, and packs plenty of features that bring it almost on par with Android and iOS. There’s a new keyboard which better predicts what you’re typing, and Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are baked in.

BlackBerry Bridge now allows you to use a BlackBerry handset to remotely control the PlayBook tablet, but chances are that RIM has taken this further and you can use your ‘Berry to control any tablet via Bluetooth.

RIM has posted a thorough guide on the update process, so make sure to hit the link below for all the details.

source: BlackBerry

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update now available

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posted on 21 Feb 2012, 04:55 1

1. varvish (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


ya i'm downloading

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 05:23

2. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Great news . Just still no android market

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 05:26 1

3. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Its QNX, not Android, if you want the Market, then root it with Dingleberry. You can't expect RIM to do everything for you.

I'm in the process of installing it, glad I didn't have to downgrade from the developer preview.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 12:47 1

9. imkyle (Posts: 1007; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


If you want the Android Market, than buy an Android Tablet.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 05:32 1

4. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I really hope phonearena do I review of the blackberry OS 2.0

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 06:05

5. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Installed, it's so awesome especially the email and calendar apps you gotta love it

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 07:10

6. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Finally. Just downloaded it &it is outstanding. Good job RIM

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 08:01 3

7. Hcch24 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


QNX "almost on par with Android and iOS" ? I think it is the best OS on the market now

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 13:56

10. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Phone Arena is usually biased against RIM/Blackberry at every opportunity. Love how they mentioned better keyboard accuracy, when I personally found it to be more accurate than using my friend's Ipad 2, I love the on screen keyboard of this thing.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 10:13

8. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)


Downloaded first thing at 5am and only took 20min to dl the 400mb+ file and install it. So far so good. Android Apps are just spread out through the App World for install. Once dled then launched they open within the Android player. So far it kinda sucks having them all just spread out instead of categorized. I've only dled 2 Android apps which were Catch (note taking app) & Vplayer. Keyboard is nice with the numbers on top and auto-correct finally added in.

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