Research in Motion today finally took the wraps off its long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.
RIM senior vice president David J. Smith announced the update via the company blog and went into great detail outlining the new operating system's features. As expected, the new update includes built-in email, calendar and contacts, as well as an update to BlackBerry Bridge, a tool which allows you to use your BlackBerry smartphone as a remote control for your PlayBook. The upgrade also updates the Print To Go and Documents To Go utilities.
In addition to an updated feature set, the new PlayBook OS 2.0 also allows the device to use Android applications that have been submitted to BlackBerry App World. The new OS also features better integration of social-networking services like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. And, if you're wondering if this update is worth a try, early reviews from some users claim that the new OS is far more responsive than the previous version.
Following up on Smith's initial announcement, RIM product manager Vivek Gupta focused on promoting the operating system's video chat features. Gupta said, "Video Chat on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet allows you to make and take video calls with your friends, family, and colleagues who also have a BlackBerry PlayBook tabletâ€¦ With just one click, you'll be able to have virtual face-to-face conversations using the HD video cameras."
Will these refreshed features and updated interface bring the PlayBook back into serious competition with other tablets on market? Stay tuned. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update is free as an automatic download on the device, and you can learn more about its features on BlackBerry.com.