BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update now available

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

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1. varvish

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

ya i'm downloading

2. thelegend6657 unregistered

Great news . Just still no android market

3. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

9. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

5. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

6. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

7. Hcch24

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

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

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

8. je2345

Posts: 63; Member since: May 05, 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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