Upgraded OS for BlackBerry Tablets Now Available
"Building on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's proven web browsing,
multimedia and multitasking strengths, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0
introduces a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well
as expanded app and content support," said David J. Smith, SVP Mobile
Computing, Research In Motion.
New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 features include:
- Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox:
With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 users have the option to use a unified inbox
that consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from
Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as personal and work email accounts.
- Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps: The
built-in calendar harnesses information from social networks. Contact cards
are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook,
Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.
- Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry Bridge is an
app that provides a Bluetooth connection between BlackBerry PlayBook and
core apps on BlackBerry smartphones. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also
provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to
be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.
- Improved mobile productivity: Updated document editing
functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability
of corporate data with BlackBerry Balance. Plus, an updated virtual keyboard
with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how users
type to enable faster, more accurate typing.
In conjunction with the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, RIM is making
available an initial release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion that will include
support for managing BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry smartphones in
an enterprise. The full release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion (with mobile device
management capabilities for iOS and Android devices) is planned for general
availability in late March 2012.
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