RIM updates BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.1, featuring improved Android app support

RIM updates BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.1, featuring improved Android app support
After a lengthy beta period, OS 2.1 for the PlayBook is now available. Back in July, we passed along the expected change log to the QNX based OS and it is the first major update to the software since February. 

Improvements have been made in three major areas, BlackBerry Bridge, email and PIM and improved Android app support.


These are improvements that everyone will like. Running multiple Android apps on separate screens leverages the ease of multitasking with the PlayBook's OS, and in-app payments is a great addition.

For the business users, improvements have been made to enhance security and streamline employee sign-up for Mobile Fusion. Administrators can now implement new IT policies which will help them better manage the devices on their networks and full device encryption is now possible as well.

This release is for the Wi-Fi only PlayBook. The 4G versions are pending carrier approval.

sources: Inside BlackBerry and Inside BlackBerry for Business

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10 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

good news keep it up rim youll do better than expected :)

5. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

They would do much better if they had the BB10 OS coming out sooner than later

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

no need to rush! i mean do you want your main dish to be half cook or still coated with ice? BB10 will be a perfect update on RIM's Platform!

2. wendygarett unregistered

Anybody who think playbook is dated... Please give it me and I will prove it you are wrong!!

3. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

wow.. see that ○♦

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Rim can comeback and stand once again if it keeps giving its customers satisfaction and releasing these updates that puts a smile on bb users

6. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

The Playbook is really nice, just needs Netflix IMO. We let my daughter use it mostly to watch movies and go to ABCmouse.com. I was surprised at how well ABCmouse.com works on this.

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I enjoy the playbook, but the apps are lacking. That said, the improved android app support will hopefully get more app developers on board. The timing would be great to start now since BB10 will be coming soon. RIM has been good to us despite the failings though, recently just got Shadowgun for free, and they had a free movie download but I missed out on that.

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

keep it up RIM!! very very impressive! haters gonna hate but RIM is on the right track with QNX-base BB10!!!

10. MitchB

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 09, 2012

The request for the netflix app seems to be a common question on a few websites. Why has RIM failed to deliver? I use my PB primarly for reading and news but would love to access movies.

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