PlayBook OS 2.0 Ads Are Good, But Almost a Year Late

You may have heard. RIM has finally gone ahead and released the highly anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update that will finally bring the tablet the features it should have had when it launched all the way back in April of 2011. For those not keeping record, we are now in February 0f 2012 and that means it took nearly a year for RIM to get this update out.

To coincide with the launch, RIM has also released some commercials showing off the new capabilities of its tablet.

(Read: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Available Now With Native Email, Android App Support.)

In the first commercial, which you can see below, a guy receives an email from a friend that has an attachment on board. He opens the attachment on his BlackBerry phone and quickly moves into the other room and casually views it on his BlackBerry PlayBook.

This email integration is one of the features that RIM has included in the new operating system.

The guy then uses his phone to propose to his girlfriend presumably using the new BlackBerry Bridge to do so.

Overall, it’s a nice little commercial with a good feel and a clear explanation of a new feature that RIM is surely going to be touting over the next few weeks.

The second advertisement deals with the opening of a restaurant, showing off the new Contacts and Calendar features as well as the social integration that have all arrived with PlayBook OS 2.0.

Like the first commercial, it’s pleasant and does a fantastic job of telling consumers about the new features of the new operating system.

Problem is, these are features that should have been included when the PlayBook needed them most.

At launch.

(Read: Lack of Vision To Blame For BlackBerry PlayBook’s Email Issues.)

And while these commercials are well done and the update, on paper, appears to be fantastic, RIM is still going to have a hard time convincing people to buy a tablet that is nearly a year old.

Had these features been there at the start, with these commercials tied in, I think we would have seen quite a few more PlayBook tablets come off the shelves.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Available Now With Native Email, Android App Support

BlackBerry Playbook owners can update their Playbooks to the new and improved BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.

Just as we predicted, Research In Motion has released BlackBerry OS 2.0 and it is available to download right to your PlayBook.

BlackBerryPlaybook OS 2.0 brings a number of features including enhanced email and calendar functionality as well as the ability to run select Android apps that have been submitted to the BlackBerry App World.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Update Avaialble

The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Update is now available.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Features

As much as RIM wanted to claim that the PlayBook didn’t need integrated email and other apps, they have caved. Along with a number of other features, RIM has included a number of much-needed updates and features.

New Built in Apps: Email, Calendar and Contacts

Finally, you can reach your email, calendar and contacts on the PlayBook without the need for a bridge or the web browser. RIM is pushing the unified inbox and People View of your calendar, which shows you who is on your calendar. You can also link your contacts up to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The video above shows you how the new email system and communication tools in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 work.

Android Apps on PlayBook

BlackBerry OS 2.0 brings Android apps to the PlayBook, but there is a limitation. You can’t just go grab any Android app from the Android Market or from the web, you need to get Android apps that are designed to work with the PlayBook and submitted to the BlackBerry App World. The video above gives a demonstration of Android apps on the PlayBook with playBook OS 2.0.

BlackBerry Bridge with Remote Control

The new version of BlackBerry Bridge allows you to use your BlackBerry Smartphone as a remote control for your PlayBook. You can see how this works in the video above.

Open On for Blackberry

Another feature is the ability to open documents like PowerPoint, Word and PDF right on the PlayBook with a single click.

How to Update to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0You should see a notification to update your PlayBook the next time you turn it on. If you see this notification, tap “Update” to start installing the new software.

To manually update to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, follow these steps.

  • Tap on the Gear icon in the upper right.
  • Tap on Software Updates
  • Tap on Check for Updates
  • Choose Download and when it is complete Choose Install.

Make sure your PlayBook is plugged in or has at least a 20% charge before updating. The PlayBook may restart during the upgrade process.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Rolling Out February 21st?

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 release date tossed out into the wild. In fact, this isn’t even the first time that we’ve heard February 21st as a possible release date for the upcoming software. That’s right. Evidence has popped up today suggesting that February 21st is indeed the roll out date for BlackBerry’s latest and greatest operating system.

As it stands, RIM has not confirmed a release date for BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 only to say that the software is still on track for the promised February roll out.

There was some talk about RIM potentially seeding the update during the upcoming Mobile World Congress but the evidence today suggests a different plan entirely.

(Read: RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Coming in February.)

Instead, this little spy shot of a document courtesy of Engadget points to a February 21st release with 4:01am being the time at which RIM will unleash the update to the PlayBook masses.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Rolling Out on February 21st?

It’s unclear if that time is PST, EST, or something else entirely.

This is an update that PlayBook owners have been looking forward to for a number of months. Strike that. It’s an update that PlayBook owners have been anxiously waiting for since the release of RIM’s PlayBook back in April of 2011.

Why is that exactly?

Simple.

It’s because the update is going to bring a ton of applications along with it, applications that should have been on board the software when the device first launched.

(Read: Lack of Vision To Blame For BlackBerry PlayBook’s Email Issues.)

BlackBerry OS 2.0 will be bringing essential features like integrated email, calendar, and contacts apps along with the ability to download and run Android apps found on BlackBerry App World.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Rolling Out on February 21st?

While the Android bit is nice, it’s those other apps that PlayBook owners are after and luckily, it should only be a couple of days before the waiting game ends.

Oh, and for those of you in IT, it appears that BlackBerry Fusion – a way to manage all of your BlackBerry devices using just one interface will launching on the 21st as well so be on the look out.

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RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Coming in February

With rumored release dates galore, it was only a matter of time before we heard from someone at RIM in regards to the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 release date that the company promised would be rolling out this month. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a concrete date for the roll out but BlackBerry senior brand manager Jeff Gadway has told PCMag that the update will be coming in February, as promised.

If you recall, we have heard both February 17th and February 21st pegged as possible release dates for the update but it appears now that it might not be rolling out until sometime during the  Mobile World Congress which is set to kick off in Barcelona later this month.

Assuming that that release window is true, that would leave February 27th-February 29th as possible roll out dates for the tablet’s much needed update.

The update will apparently be released Over-the-Air (OTA) which means those of you who own RIM’s PlayBook will be able to install the update without having to plug your device in.

PlayBookIt will supposedly be a massive 400MB in size.

The reason it’s so big is because the update is loaded with a ton of features, features that the tablet has desperately needed for quite some time. BlackBerry OS 2.0 will be bringing essential features like integrated email, calendar, and contacts apps.

While the iPad 2 certainly had a significant impact on the PlayBook’s sales, the absence of  these key features surely played a part in the device’s poor sales as well.

(Read: Lack of Vision To Blame For BlackBerry PlayBook’s Email Issues.)

In addition, OS 2.0 will be bringing support for Android applications that will be available not through the Android Marketplace but through RIM’s BlackBerry App World.

So while the 17th and 21st would be optimal for your PlayBook owners, it’s possible that we won’t see the software arrive until the very last days of the month.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Release Date Rumored for February 21st

The lips of RIM remain firmly sealed as far as a release date for BlackBerry OS 2.0 is concerned but that doesn’t mean we don’t have rumors. We had previously thought that the update might be arriving on February 17th. However, B4BB has fired up the rumor mill once more, tossing February 21st out there as another possible release date for RIM’s anticipated piece of software.

The site goes as far as to say that the date is confirmed but we urge caution.

Until RIM decides to pony up a release date itself, there is nothing that is confirmed. And remember, we’re dealing with software here, software from a company that has dished out its fair share of delays, so it’s certainly possible that the software could miss either one of these rumored dates.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is an update that has been in the works for quite awhile now and it’s one that PlayBook owners have been championing for since the release of the PlayBook last year.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Release Date Rumored for February 21st

Missing from the original software are native apps for things like integrated email, calendar, and contacts, features that should have been there on day one. But they weren’t, and OS 2.0 will be the remedy.

However, as you might know, native BBM will not be included in the update. It will however still run through BlackBerry Bridge, another feature that RIM will apparently be updating in the not-so-distant future.

Apparently, BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 could arrive on the same day as PlayBook OS 2.0. That update will bring, among other things, a remote control feature that allows you to control the BlackBerry PlayBook with the touchscreen of a BlackBerry smartphone.

In any event, it looks like good things are on the horizon for BlackBerry PlayBook owners.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Release Date Pegged for February 17th

While we know BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is on the way, we still don’t know exactly when RIM will be rolling it out. However, there is a date that seems to be popping up more than most making it the front-runner as the release date. That date is February 17th which just so happens to fall into the release window that RIM made for PlayBook OS 2.0 back in October of 2011.

If you recall, the company was supposed to show the software off at DevCon with a release shortly afterward. Yet, prior to the unveiling, RIM announced that the software was delayed until February.

We know that the release should be close though as we saw OS 2.0 running on the tablet at CES 2012 and February 17th is a good a date as any.

Right now, it’s entirely unclear which version of the software will be rolling out to PlayBook owners. The version that we saw at CES was OS 2.0.0.7116 and rumors peg the final update as OS 2.0.0.7473. The differences, if any, are currently unknown but we wouldn’t expect any drastic changes.

PlayBook

PlayBook owners have been waiting for this update to OS 2.0 for quite awhile now as it’s an update that will be bringing a number of must-have features along with it.

Included will be a suite of apps that really should have been there from the start, apps like integrated email, calendar, and contact. In addition, the update should bring BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps which will allow PlayBook users to run Android applications.

So, circle the 17th on your calendar if you own a PlayBook.

Via: CrackBerry

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Two New BlackBerry PlayBook Tablets Coming in 2012?

It would appear that RIM hasn’t given up on the tablet business just yet as N4BB is reporting that the company is gearing up to release not just one, but two new BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in 2012. RIM will apparently be launching a 7-inch version of the PlayBook in April, which will be 3G, and then in December, launch a 10-inch LTE version of the PlayBook.

That December date, while far off, isn’t too surprising given the fact that RIM has already confirmed that devices have been delayed due to the LTE chipset which is being made by Qualcomm.

Unfortunately, no other details about the tablets were revealed.

The report reveals some other things on the RIM timeline as well. The company is supposedly going to be releasing its first BlackBerry 10 smartphone sometime in September, which adds up with previous reports.

BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 is also slated to be coming out in February of this year and will include a unified inbox, customizable tabs, and apps like calendar and contacts.

In addition, RIM is apparently gearing up to launch PlayBook Admin Service at the end of February, Mobile Fusion in April of this year, and will apparently release two new BlackBerry Curves in emerging markets which include East Asia and Africa.

So, as you can see, it appears that there is going to be quite a bit of waiting for RIM to release some of these next-generation devices, something that probably isn’t music to the ears of those that are fans of RIM and its BlackBerry devices.

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