Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0: Release Date and Features (Update)

Reports all over the Internet are saying that Research In Motion (RIM) is finally done with the OS 2.0 update for its BlackBerry PlayBook. It’s expected to be about 400MB, and all PlayBook slabs will be updated at the same time.

If you’re wondering why the update will be so big, that’s because it’s almost like an overhaul of the current OS in the PlayBook. It will fix almost every problem users have had with the tablet so far, and add in a few much-needed features. Examples of these are native email support, which previously needed a BlackBerry smartphone to be able to acces, a unified inbox for email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking platforms, and a contacts app.

An Android app player will also be included in the update. This acts like an emulator for apps so that users can start using downloads from the Android Market on the tablet. This is one thing that a lot of Playbook owners can be happy about, as RIM doesn’t have a wide range of applications that users want and need to get the most out of their gadget. The company is also trying to get some Android app makers to create apps specifically for the PlayBook, which will make more people heave a sigh of relief.

Previous reports say that the OS 2.0 will be coming on February 21, but someone from RIM has come out and said that there’s no specific date just yet. However, the company is still planning to release the update before the month is over. Just when exactly it would come is something people need to look out for.


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