BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 landing tomorrow

Prices continue to drop for the BlackBerry PlayBook, but it could become an altogether better proposition from tomorrow with the launch of BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0, especially with the added ability to run Android apps.

Yes, after being showcased at the recent CES event, the updated operating system will make the hop to your tablet this week, with a leaked document confirming the 21 February date.

There are tons of updates, including native email on-board as part of a new unified inbox that brings together personal and work email, along with messaging from social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn. You can have several email accounts open together as tabs too, should you need access to several inboxes at once.

BlackBerry Bridge will make it easier to share details between your BlackBerry smartphone and tablet, but it's the ability to run Android apps on your PlayBook that will be a huge selling point, with the number of apps on that platform dwarfing the app count on BlackBerry App World. BlackBerry has desperately tried to boost the number of apps for their devices by offering developers free PlayBooks if they coded for the system, but supporting Android apps is their best plan yet, and makes the PlayBook an enticing prospect. Especially given the low prices we've seen lately.

Other new features include improved calendar functionality, with the option to pull in details from your social networks, along with a 'relationship-centric contacts app' that merges and consolidates information from multiple sources (including email and social channels) into one contact file. There's also updated document editing capabilities via updated Documents To Go functionality and new native apps, including the Print To Go application, which allows you to to wirelessly 'print' from a PC directly to BlackBerry PlayBook over Wi-Fi. Better web browsing too, with the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 browser.

Look out for it tomorrow, with the update being free and over-the-air of course.

Source: Engadget

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