A quick rundown of what’s in the second iteration of the PlayBook software includes:
Built-in email, calendar and contacts that integrate social networking from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
New BlackBerry Bridge features that turn a BlackBerry smartphone into a keyboard and mouse for the PlayBook
Print To Go and updated other document and productivity features
Support for a select number of approved Google Android applications
Last month at the Consumer Electronics Show, I got a first look at the new PlayBook OS 2.0 and liked what I saw. The unified inbox and mail features looked stellar as did the social integration hooks in the applications. The updated BlackBerry Bridge with remote control features worked as advertised, but I’m not sold that many will use their smartphone as a wireless keyboard for long.
I’ll be getting the updated software on a PlayBook shortly to spend some time looking at the fruits of RIM’s labor. I’m especially curious to see how many Android applications are available; partially because I’m a daily Android user, but also because RIM is lacking when it comes to the breadth and depth of its app store.
Since I haven’t used the updated operating system yet, I can’t say if this is too little, too late for RIM just yet, but had RIM delivered these functions with the initial PlayBook, I think its sales numbers would have looked twice as good.