It has been a tough 8 months or so for the BlackBerry PlayBook, however despite all of the heavy discounts and rumors of poor sales we are now ready to tell you about BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 and what new features and changes it will bring to RIM’s ageing tablet.
Research in Motion has been telling CES 2012 attendees all about this update and also publicized a press release which lists every little detail, you can find full details out via this link, in this article we will highlight some of the most exciting features and improvements the PlayBook will soon offer.
Once installed you will have access to a new unified inbox which brings personal email, work email, and messages from social messaging sites to one central hub, also the email client will feature tabbed functionality which will enhance multitasking capabilities. When composing emails you will also have access to more fonts, formatting tools and much more, another great improvement allows you to search the inboxes of multiple email accounts easily, the final change to the email client will allow you to set email signatures and ut-of-office messages and directly from the PlayBook.
RIM has also been very busy in regards to social networking functionality, OS 2.0 will feature a built-in calendar app which collates information from social networking sites, also social networking accounts will tie into your contact lists, which means that when you check a contact you will see the usual email addresses, telephone numbers, home addresses etc along with recent status updates, conversations and social accounts.
Typing on the PlayBook’s virtual keyboard is great, but it’s no replacement for a physical QWERTY keyboard, the good news is that OS 2.0 will allow you to use your BlackBerry smartphone as a wireless remote for your PlayBook, this allows you to plug your tablet into a HDTV and use your smartphone to control it whilst sitting on your comfy sofa – as you probably guessed you will also be able to use your BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY keyboard to compose messages and documents on your PlayBook – neat eh? On the whole we can expect much more from the BlackBerry Bridge feature to make it a more seamless experience.
Other things which OS 2.0 will bring include updates to Documents To Go to enhance functionality, better enterprise manageability and an overhaul to the Print To Go application. One thing which we are delighted to hear is that when you access BlackBerry App World on your PlayBook running OS 2.0 there will be lots of new applications primarily developed for the PlayBook, also there will be the ability to rent movies and TV shows in certain regions.
One area where we think RIM’s products can be a little clunky when compared to the competition is web browsing, well the good news is that we have been promised an enhanced browsing experience which includes a new “reading view” feature to eliminate clutter from the page.
As you can see BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is quite exciting, we don’t know exactly what date it will arrive on, but it is scheduled for February 2012 – when we hear more we will keep you posted, for now you should check out PCWorld’s hands on with OS 2.0.