BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Debuts with Native Email, New Apps, Video Store

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2012-02-23
 
 
 

Revamp

PlayBook OS 2.0 includes a number of features demanded by users ever since the 7-inch tablet made its initial debut in April 2011.

Revamp

Adoption

Although the PlayBook gained some early buzz ahead of its release, it subsequently faced an uphill battle for adoption in a market segment dominated by Apple's iPad. Although the PlayBook OS 2.0 was supposed to hit sometime in 2011, RIM delayed the launch until February 2012.

Adoption

Video Store

In a bid to increase the PlayBook's consumer appeal, RIM included a Video Store with downloads of popular movies.

Video Store

Music Store

The PlayBook also includes a music store, which you can use to become the ten-millionth person to download Adele's latest album.

Music Store

Apps

RIM has been encouraging developers to build apps for the PlayBook. Both the PlayBook and RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphones rely on an operating system that uses QNX, which means that (at least in theory) apps developed for the PlayBook will easily port onto the upcoming smartphone platform.

Apps

Email App

An integrated email app was among those most-requested features by PlayBook users. With PlayBook OS 2.0, it finally arrives.

Email App

Calendar App

RIM has also integrated a calendar and contacts app into the PlayBook's user interface.

Calendar App

Tools

The PlayBook offers tools for rich-text email composing and editing.

Tools

Browser Tweaks

Tweaks to the PlayBook browser include a "reading view" that offers a streamlined way to read online news articles or Websites with large amounts of text.

Browser Tweaks

Newsstand App

A newsstand app consolidates media content into a single hub.

Newsstand App

Print to Go

This app sends digital printouts to the PlayBook, sidestepping the need to print on paper (and kill trees).

Print to Go

Documents to Go

Other apps remain firmly in place, including Documents to Go, which gives users the opportunity to create documents and engage in some light editing.

Documents to Go

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