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RIM previews a major 2.0 update for the PlayBook OS, and a minor 7.1 to BlackBerry OS

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RIM previews a major 2.0 update for the PlayBook OS, and a minor 7.1 to BlackBerry OS
RIM device owners are not being left out in the cold at CES 2012. The company announced updates coming their way for both BlackBerry OS and PlayBook OS.

BlackBerry OS 7.1 now brings hotspot functionality to your phone (provided that your carrier is kosher with that, of course) for up to five devices, and also updates cornerstone app like BBM, plus the Traffic and Travel Apps. BBM users will now get BlackBerry Tag, allowing them to invite people to BBM by just tapping their NFC-enabled BlackBerry to another one with similar capabilities. Universal Search now intelligently filters Bing results while you type, and, finally, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and 9380 owners get FM radio (yippee!).

The PlayBook OS 2.0 update is much more expansive, and brings so many enhancement to RIM's troubled first tablet effort, that it will surely make those who took advantage of the promo offers for the slate around the holidays, grin with delight. The email app update includes a unified with new management tools like searching across different accounts, multi-tasking within email, and rich-text email composing and editing.

The all-popular social networking integration within your contacts app is coming too, and the calendar is getting social vibes too, aggregating useful info for the contact you are meeting with from your social networks, or other means of communication with said contact. The updated BlackBerry Bridge software will now allow you to remote control your PlayBook via your BlackBerry smartphone, and vice versa - quickly open content from your phone like bookmarks or documents and other files, on the larger tablet screen for further work. This comes along with updated Documents To Go and Print To Go apps capabilities, plus increased device management functions for PlayBooks within a corporate environment.

The PlayBook OS 2.0 browser now includes new "reading view" mode, which gets rid of page clutter and makes reading easier on the eye and the brain. Finally, the update will include access to a new BlackBerry Video Storefront with access to buy or rent numerous movies and TV shows, only in US for now. For more details on the above features you can read the full press release below.

The big BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update will be available to all of RIM's tablet owners next month. 

Press Release

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posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:34

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


nice..... will update to a 9900 and a playbook

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