CANADIAN GADGET MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) will release the next generation operating system (OS) for its Playbook tablet on 21 February.
According to Blackberry focused web site N4BB the upcoming OS will tip up next Tuesday. So far RIM has not given a specific date, saying only that it will arrive sometime this month.
We contacted RIM to check whether this is the case but it had no further information for us. Playbook owners likely will be notified via Twitter and Facebook when the software becomes available.
When it does roll out, Playbook OS 2.0 will bring some much needed features to the 7in tablet. These include native email, contacts and calendar. It will also be able to run ported Android apps via Runtime.
Blackberry Bridge 2.0 will allow Blackberry smartphone users to control the Playbook via touchscreen, trackpad and keyboard over Bluetooth.
Developers interested in the prospect of a free Playbook can get one from RIM, because the firm has extended its offer until 2 March. Successful submissions of an app to the Blackberry App World will be rewarded with a free tablet.
For a closer look at Playbook OS 2.0 and Blackberry 7.1, check out our video demo from last week's RIM Developer Conference in Amsterdam. µ
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