RIM Preparing for Major BlackBerry PlayBook OS Update?
Leaked images of a BlackBerry PlayBook running the BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0 are now beginning to emerge from Sun Yat-sen University. The update to version 2.0 brings with it many long-awaited features to RIM’s debut tablet, which launched without many apps and the most important omission is a suite of PIM apps, which the tablet-maker had promised would be coming at an unspecified future date.
In the leaked images, icons are now shown for native calendar, contacts, and email applications, which would bring the personal information management (PIM) suite to the enterprise-targeted PlayBook. Also, there’s an Android Player icon, suggesting that RIM is close to release native support for Android apps on its PlayBook, which runs the BlackBerry Tablet OS powered by QNX.
Currently, PlayBook owners have to either log-in to their email accounts through the browser as there is no native app, or see their messages, calendars, and contacts via the BlackBerry Bridge, which allows content from a BlackBerry smartphone to be displayed on the tablet’s larger display through a secure Bluetooth connection.
Additionally, like on its smartphones, RIM is also looking to enhance the experience of social networking on its tablet–new on the PlayBook is an Accounts tab where you can set up your log-ins for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and email accounts.
At this point, it’s unclear how well the Android Player works in handling apps built for Google’s Android platform. An early leak of the Android Player for the PlayBook didn’t handle too well, so it’s unclear what the experience will be in trying to run apps and games designed for the Android platform.