RIM releases PlayBook 2.1 OS update for better tablet security & easier enterprise deployment

by Doug Drinkwater

October 3 2012

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced today that the PlayBook 2.1 OS update is now available for its WiFi-only PlayBook tablet, with the 4G LTE model expected to follow suit next month.

The new operating system means that PlayBook owners will now be able to tap into enterprise-grade encryption for data stored locally on the device, send a text from their tablet via BlackBerry Bridge, and get a portrait view of email, calendars and contacts.

Users will also be able to print wirelessly to a network-connected PC using the ‘Print To Go’ app (even if the tablet and printer are on different networks), while developers have been given the boost in that the In-App payment system now transfers to Android applications.

There’s a boost for pushing PlayBooks in enterprise too, with RIM now claiming to be simplifying that process by allowing for over-the-air (OTA) enrolment to the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion server, improved authentication and additional IT policy controls.

The update is now available as a free OTA download. Customers will be notified immediately of the update, although they can also select the gear option in the top right corner to check for new software under ‘Software Updates’.

The PlayBook OS will be superseded in early 2013, when RIM finally launches BlackBerry 10, its latest mobile operating system. The OS will work on BlackBerry phones as well as the firm’s range of PlayBook tablets.

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