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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is Released

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is finally here. And I’m impressed.

Here are the new features (but not limited to):

  • Built-in email, calendar and contacts
    FINALLY! And what’s more, it supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Gmail, Hotmail, IMAP, POP, CalDAV, CardDAV
  • Unified inbox
    Same with what you get from your BlackBerry devices, you can add Facebook chat, Twitter, and LinkedIn into your inbox too. Not a big fan, because I rather have a better Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn app.
  • Social Integration in Calendar & Contacts
    Contact cards are dynamically populated with the latest real-time information from your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. Sounds very much like Windows Phone 7.
  • BlackBerry Bridge remote controlling your BlackBerry PlayBook using your BlackBerry smartphone
    Don’t know why, but this is mainly for presentations since the BlackBerry PlayBook supports HDMI output.
  • Open On
    Now you can open your documents, photos and links from your BlackBerry smartphone onto your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with one click. Convenient for a larger screen device, but I don’t see myself using this much.
  • New Home Screen
    They cleaned up the home screen dramatically, but simplifying rather than over-complicating. Gone are the “grouping” of your icons. Now they’ve introduced folders.
  • Hopefully bug fixes to the many problems I was having with the BlackBerry PlayBook

To update, you can go to settings -> Software Updates -> Check for Updates instead of waiting for the update notification.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 brings a new lease of life to your previously useless PlayBook. Time to clean the dust off and update your PlayBooks!

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One comment

  1. Ho ho ho.  . . That’s my blackberry tool, I was looking for. Thanks for the product details, will you tell me about price and how can I get this. Thanks.

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