RIM Launches Long-Awaited BlackBerry PlayBook Update

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Research In Motion on Tuesday announced the global launch of PlayBook OS 2.0, the software update to its tablet computer aimed at both the business user and the general consumer.

The BlackBerry maker hopes that the upgrade will draw additional interest in a tablet that has underperformed with lackluster sales and poor reviews.

A RIM executive expressed enthusiasm with respect to certain new features that are now available on the PlayBook, namely built-in email, calendar and contacts.

"Unique to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, you can now quickly manage all of your email accounts with a unified inbox, manage your schedule with new features like a People View of your day (which lets you quickly see everyone who is on your agenda for that day), and view your contacts as a social hub that contains information from popular social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn," wrote RIM's David J. Smith, SVP, mobile computing, in a blog.

Some other new features include: (1) functions that integrate calendaring/contacts and information from social networks like Facebook and Twitter; (2) BlackBerry Bridge, which lets a customer use his BlackBerry smartphone as a remote control for the PlayBook; (3) and an Open On functionality that lets a person open her documents, photos and links from a BlackBerry smartphone onto a PlayBook tablet with one click.

RIM received a lot of criticism from some analysts who felt the original PlayBook, launched last year, should have included some of this functionality.

For information on how to download and update to PlayBook OS 2.0, click here to read another RIM blog.

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