RIM finally launches PlayBook OS 2.0

by Doug Drinkwater

February 21 2012

RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0 is now available for free download
RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0 is now available for free download

Research in Motion (RIM) has today finally released PlayBook OS 2.0, the new operating system for its PlayBook tablet. The new version is now available for free download.

The software, which launched as expected today but which had originally been scheduled to debut in October of last year, brings about several new enterprise-friendly tools over the often criticized PlayBook 1.0, which has been lambasted for its lack of integrated features, applications and a native email client.

PlayBook OS 2.0 does offer the integrated email client, with a unified inbox able to contain messages from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, as well as emails from personal and work email accounts.

The OS also supports social integration with Calendar and Contact apps, as well as the updated BlackBerry Bridge, which has a new remote control feature so that a BlackBerry smartphone keyboard can wirelessly control the PlayBook over Bluetooth. Furthermore, the update brings about improved web browsing, thousands of new applications (including a selection of Android apps which will be able to run on the tablet), and improved mobile productivity in the shape of the Print To Go and BlackBerry Balance apps, with the latter allowing users to manage corporate data. RIM's BlackBerry Messenger, the instant-messaging service used on BlackBerry smartphones, does remain missing, however.

TabTimes hopes to get some time with the new OS in the near future, and hopefully at next week’s Mobile World Congress.

PlayBook owners who want to manually install the update can do so by pressing the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen, and then pressing "Software Updates", and then the "Check for updates" option.

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