Sunday, February 19, 2012

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 could arrive this week

The latest version of Research In Motion's PlayBook operating system could trickle out to users as soon as this week, according to various reports.
The BlackBerry PlayBook could see an OS upgrade this week.
(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
The new operating system is expected to launch 21 February, according to blogging site N4BB, relying on intel from its own sources. The confirmation followed previous "rumblings" pointing to that date for the launch.
Canadian blog site Mobile Syrup also added its take by revealing an upcoming Best Buy flyer listing the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 upgrade as arriving in February.
Mobile Syrup picked up one more clue. The latest version of the BlackBerry Desktop Softwarehas been available since Tuesday. The new version 7 of the client software is likely needed for users who choose to upgrade their tablets to OS 2.0 by syncing with their computers.
Research In Motion did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment, but these latest rumours follow the company's earlier announcement that the PlayBook OS 2.0 would debut in February.
Previewed at last month's CES, the upgrade will bring a variety of much needed features to the tablet.
Chief among them will be native email, calendars and contacts.
All three features have been missing in action since the PlayBook debuted, requiring users to find unwieldy workarounds, such as connecting their BlackBerry phones to their tablets. And like many apps today, all three will play nicely with social networks, letting users access their Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
PlayBook OS 2.0 will also finally let people run certain Android apps. One major app that won't appear is BlackBerry Messenger. However, an updated version of Bridge is expected this week. The new Bridge 2.0 will let users remotely control their tablets from their BlackBerry phones.

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