BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 Software Update Landing February 21st

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablets will be getting the long-awaited major software update to version 2.0 starting February 21st, a leaked document has revealed.

An Engadget tipster sent in a snapshot of an internal document, which reveals the February 21st release date. This new information rings true with BlackBerry news site N4BB’s recent post, which also confirms the February 21st as the marker for the software rollout.

The document shows that the software will start becoming available to PlayBook users this Tuesday, though it doesn’t confirm which countries or regions would be privy to the update first. If you’re keen to get a taste of version 2.0 for the PlayBook, you’ll need to be checking on your device itself, or with BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your PC for the update notification.

Version 2.0 will bring in a bevy of new features and software, including native applications for Email, Contacts and Calendar – key applications that have been missing in the initial software version. Those who use a BlackBerry smartphone will also be able to control their PlayBook wirelessly using the phone’s touchscreen, a feature that sounds very interesting.

The same Engadget tipster sent in snaps of another document, which shows that Research in Motion will be launching a new service called BlackBerry Mobile Fusion on the same day as PlayBook 2.0. You may not have heard a great deal about BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, and that’s probably because it’s a business tool. When released on Tuesday, Mobile Fusion will provide businesses with a single interface with which they can monitor and control multiple BlackBerry Smartphones, PlayBook tablets as well as iOS and Android phones and tablets, all from one place.

One thing that will be missing from the PlayBook’s first major software update is BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM. This will still be available through BlackBerry Bridge, which works by wirelessly linking a BlackBerry Smartphone to the tablet. Hopefully we’ll see a dedicated BBM app for the PlayBook in the very near future.

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Source: Engadget


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