As we had been expecting to happen — the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update has come available for download. More specifically, the update has arrived as version 18.104.22.16871. As for the file size, the PlayBook we have on hand in the GadgeTell office is showing a 411MB download, however that will most likely vary a little bit depending on which version you had been running prior to downloading the 2.0 update. Either way, the good news is that PlayBook OS 2.0 has come available.
And in addition to simply finding the OS update ready and waiting using the Software Updates on the PlayBook, RIM has dropped the press release for any and all to read. Anyway, while our PlayBook update is being installed and we are waiting to begin the playing, lets offer a bit of detail from the press release.
Just to clarify, this update has indeed brought the key goodies that many were expecting such as an integrated email with unified inbox, social integration with the Calendar and Contacts apps, an updated BlackBerry Bridge app, some “mobile productivity” improvements such as a new Print To Go app and perhaps most important — the Android apps. With that, breaking each of those down a bit further and we have the following;
Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 you have the option to use a unified inbox that consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from Facebook®, LinkedIn® and Twitter®, as well as personal and work email accounts.
Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps: The built-in calendar harnesses information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it. Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.
Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry® Bridge™ is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth® connection between your BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry® smartphone (including BBM™, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser) in order to let you view the content on the larger tablet display. With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it’s easier and quicker than ever to take documents, web pages, emails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook for an optimized viewing and editing experience. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.
Improved mobile productivity: Updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry® Balance ™ allow you to get more out of your BlackBerry PlayBook every day. Plus, an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how you type to enable faster, more accurate typing.
New apps and content: Thousands of new apps are being added to BlackBerry App World™ today (including a range of Android® apps that will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook). A new BlackBerry Video Store1 is launching today. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.