It may not be too little, but it very well could be too late! Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook OS 1.0 was criticized for a general lack of built-in features. With a new software update, the BlackBerry maker is trying to address that.
Die Hard Blackberry Fans like the new 2.0 OS update for the PLaybook, but many technology writers and research analysts wonder if it’s too little, too late for Research in Motion’s tablet computer.
Although PlayBook owners will now have much of what they were hoping for in version 1.0, they are not getting everything. BlackBerry Messenger, which allows users to instant-message each other from one BlackBerry device to another, is still absent from the software.
RIM has added social integration, courtesy of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn in the platform’s calendar and contacts apps.
The software’s updated BlackBerry Bridge application, which lets a BlackBerry smartphone and the PlayBook communicate over Bluetooth, now includes a remote control feature, allowing owners to use their handsets as a wireless keyboard and mouse.
One other major improvement to the operating system: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 includes support for certain Android applications.
BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is, as expected, available now as a free download