Feb 21, 2012

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is now available

I’ve been waiting for this news to break since this morning and finally, the confirmation that the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update is already available has reached us. PlayBook owners rejoice!

We did a preview on some of the major features the update has to offer but if here it is again for good measure.

  • Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 you 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 and makes it available where and when users need it.  Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.
  • New apps and content: Thousands of new apps are being added to BlackBerry App World™ today (including a range of Android® apps that will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook). A new BlackBerry Video Store1 is launching today. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.
  • Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry® Bridge™ is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth® connection between your BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry® smartphone (including BBM™, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser) in order to let you view the content on the larger tablet display. With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it’s easier and quicker than ever to take documents, web pages, emails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook for an optimized viewing and editing experience. 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 ™ allow you to get more out of your BlackBerry PlayBook every day. Plus, an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how you type to enable faster, more accurate typing.

How to update to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

Updating is easy. Make sure your PlayBook is connected to the internet and you will receive a Software Update notification that appears on the status bar. Simply tap “Update” to start downloading the Software Update and make sure you save all files because you need to restart your PlayBook afterwards. We suggest plugging in your PlayBook because downloading and updating might take awhile.

Bonus:

Oh yeah, to celebrate this major update, Gameloft is making their Modern Combat 2 Black Pegasus HD and Asphalt 6 HD games free for a limited time in the App World. Go download them now.

If you’re a BlackBerry PlayBook owner and have updated your tablet, do let us know how you’re digging it.

[Inside BlackBerry]



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