RIM updates BlackBerry PlayBook software
THE BlackBerry PlayBook software update has finally been released, its maker RIM has announced. ,/p>
The update was announced in January at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. The new BlackBerry PlayBook operating system, called 2.0, allows it to recieve email without being connected to a BlackBerry smartphone. The lack of built-in support for email has been one of the main criticisms that have dogged the iPad rival since it was introduced last year.
Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said at CES 2012 that "with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 we are building on this strong foundation, as well as leveraging our strengths in communications, social integration and productivity, to allow people to use their BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day."
The update will add native email to the PlayBook and will finally remove the need to tether the device to a BlackBerry phone altogether.
A new unified inbox will allow users to mix work and personal email accounts, while multi-tasking will let users have multiple email messages open, either in plain or rich text.
Like Microsoft's Windows Phone, RIM will also integrate social networking calendars and contacts. It will now also allow a BlackBerry handset to act as a remote control, for instance movies streamed from a PlayBook to a TV, or as a keyboard for the PlayBook.
RIM said it is also updating corporate and Office features, as well as improving the App World and its US Video Store and introducing a new 'reader' web browsing mode that shows just the text on a web page.
Blog Techcrunch wrote that the update provides "everything and more that the PlayBook was previously missing. Had the so-called BlackBerry tablet launched with the proper email support, it might not be on a fire sale right now".