Breaking News: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Upgrade Released
As I woke this morning, I found a gift on my PlayBook. The update that many people who have been letting that BlackBerry PlayBook collect dust for the past 10 months waiting or is finally here. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is now getting pushed out to PlayBooks worldwide. With the update comes native email, calendar and contact management, which is the main reason many overlooked the tablet to begin with. Also included in the update is the ability to create folders and organize apps on your home screen, as opposed the the previous menu bar in PlayBook 1.0.8 and earlier. The BlackBerry App World has also seen a huge number of apps become available due to RIM offering attractive reasons for developers to submit their apps to BlackBerry to convert them to BlackBerry file formatting. Many of these apps were Android apps simply repackaged as BlackBerry apps. The 2.0 update has a built in 'Android player', making it easier for the QNX based operating system to load.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is a 1GHz dual-core tablet with a 7inch touchscreen display, 1GB RAM and comes in 16, 32, and 64GB models. The tablet has seen its fair share of 'fire' and reduced pricing sales since November 2011. RIM decided that the best way to gain attention for the tablet prior to launching PlayBook OS 2.0 updates is to put them in as many hands as possible at cheap prices. It worked rather well as the tablet market shifted in Canada from 85% iPads to 64% iPads and 15% PlayBooks after the price reductions over the last 3 months.
Check your notifications area on your PlayBook as you may have a glowing red corner letting you know your PlayBook is ready to install OS 2.0. If it doesn't show yet, open your settings, then "Software Updates" and press "Check for updates."