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February 21, 2012

Research in Motion Launches New Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor

Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the new BlackBerry (News - Alert) PlayBook OS 2.0 download today. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers an enhanced tablet experience and allows you to use the device in creative new ways.

In 1999, Research In Motion (RIM) revolutionized the mobile industry with the BlackBerry solution. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content.

The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 features include an integrated e-mail client in which users have the option to use a unified inbox that consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from Facebook, LinkedIn (News - Alert) and Twitter, and multiple e-mail accounts. The PlayBook combines social Integration with calendar and contact apps and a built-in calendar that harnesses information from social networks. Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook (News - Alert), Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.

“Building on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s proven web browsing, multimedia and multitasking strengths, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 introduces a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded app and content support,” said David J. Smith, senior vice president for Mobile Computing of Research In Motion, in a statement.The updated BlackBerry Bridge is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth connection between your BlackBerry PlayBook and apps on your BlackBerry smartphone. With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it’s easier and quicker to take documents, Web pages, e-mails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The Blackberry Playbook offers improved mobile productivity such as updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control of corporate data with BlackBerry Balance. Another innovative feature of the device, a virtual keyboard, uses auto correction and predictive next word completion to learn how you type to maintain faster and more accurate typing.

RIM is also making available an initial release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion including support for managing BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry smartphones in an enterprise. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Studio can be used to manage BlackBerry smartphones through a single unified console, supporting devices activated on BlackBerry Enterprise Server version 5.0.3 or later.

The full release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android (News - Alert) devices is planned for general availability in late March 2012. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software update is now available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. 




Edited by Tammy Wolf
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