CANADIAN GADGET MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) has released the second generation operating system (OS) for its Blackberry Playbook tablet.
RIM said that the upgrade would be released this month but never gave a specific date. We heard a rumour that it would be today and RIM has come through with the goods, the over the air (OTA) upgrade is available world wide today.
RIM broadcast the news on Twitter, saying:
David Smith, SVP of mobile computing at RIM said, "Building on the BlackBerry Playbook tablet's proven web browsing, multimedia and multitasking strengths, the new BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 introduces a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded app and content support."
The biggest things to come with the update are the much needed native email, contacts and calendar apps. Blackberry Bridge 2.0 allows a Blackberry smartphone to be used as a remote control for the Playbook.
RIM said thousands of apps will be added to the App World including Android apps, which will be able to run on the Playbook thanks to its new Runtime environment.
Smaller updates include a file manager, the ability to group apps in folders and improved web browsing. However, there's still no native Twitter app. µ
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