What’s new in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

Research In Motion is expected to release the much-awaited update to its PlayBook later today. The PlayBook OS 2.0 will bring many new features including a native email client with better social networking integration and a completely new Bridge 2.0 service to connect a BlackBerry smartphone with the PlayBook. Read on for our list of five new features to watch out on PlayBook OS 2.0.

1. Native contacts, email and calendar: Finally, the PlayBook has a reason to exist for non-BlackBerry smartphone users. PlayBook OS 2.0 brings in a native email client with a unified inbox integrating social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn embedded into it. The contacts app too synchronizes social networks and keeps updating the user’s contacts’ latest updates.

2. Android apps: One of the biggest gripes most users had about the PlayBook was the lack of apps. With PlayBook OS 2.0, App World will also be pulling in apps from Android Market. Agreed Android is still does not have the best tablet apps, but it still is much better than the current portfolio of apps available for the PlayBook.

3. Bridge 2.0: In its first avatar, Bridge was the only way to access emails and BBM on the PlayBook. Basically, users connected their BlackBerry smartphones with their PlayBooks, which acted as a bigger display. Now with PlayBook OS 2.0 getting a native email client, Bridge too had to undergo a makeover. In its second avatar, Bridge 2.0 now works as a remote control for the PlayBook. Users can use their BlackBerry smartphone’s touchscreen or trackpad to control the PlayBook, which could come handy especially when the PlayBook is hooked to a HDTV while watching movies or making presentations. The phone’s keypad can also be used to type on the PlayBook. It also comes with a new share app that enables users real-time sharing of content from the phone to the tablet.

4. Productivity suite: PlayBook OS 2.0 will come with Docs2Go pre-installed, which adds a whole new use case to the PlayBook, especially for its enterprise customers.

5. Browser: One of the stronger points of the PlayBook was its HTML5 browser. PlayBook OS 2.0 is expected to add more improvements to the browser with add-on features. While details are scarce at the moment, we hope to see an iOS inspired Reader sort of implementation, which reformats web pages into a more readable style and who knows, even some sharing options.

We are keeping our eyes peeled for the update to go live and will keep you posted as soon as it does.



  • den

    cant wait :D

  • blackberry techs

    playbook 2.0 is finally out, im downloading it now. :):)):):):):) just checked the update and its on

    • abhijeet

      Hi. Which country r u in? i cant see the update for India.

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    • Arthur

      Are you in Canada? What country are you in?

    • manolo

      Which country you are?? Damn, i cant wait!

    • sundeep

      which aountry are you in ? i don see any update here in India

  • Dave

    i thought it comes out at 4:01am …

  • Mike

    so what version will this be?

    • Bob

      Did you even bother to read the title of the article sir?

      • Mike

        yes, yes i did but i meant like the real version because right now im runnig on 2.0.0.7111

        • wild_dragon

          it’s still the beta version .7111 the official release will have a different coding so the tablet can recognize it as a update most likely i would guess 2.0.8 or somthing in that nature. I also guess that this update is the final release for this tablet. and then they will make a new tablet. but I GOTTA PEE WHERES THE UPDATE!

  • Ashraf

    For Indian customers it should be between 3-6 p.m,as the time suggested (4.01) is for Canadian Standard time.

    • david

      thanks da…hopefully it comes

    • Ashraf

      Now Confirm coming at 2.31 pm Indian Standard Time …..09.00 a.m Greenwich Mean time(GMT)

      • david

        been hitting the check for updates button for past ten minutes now…its 2:40 now..

        • curtis

          same here in in the u.s. and they said 4:01am -_- i stayed up for this all night and now they are late

          • david

            listen to this…cannot connect to server…error…(2032)…now what do i do..?

          • david

            it came to india at 3:31..got updated…looks good now

  • Jeff

    Playing with the Bridge remote now – just typed this from my 9900!!!

  • behzad

    what time does it come out in the netherlands????

    • Ashraf

      Around between 10-11 a.m

  • brett

    os 2 out now in UK

  • brett

    os version 2.0.0.7971 out now

  • Sandeep

    OS 2.0 download has appeared for the playbook. 501 MB . I’m located in India.