Technology, Discovery & Innovation NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Computing Digital Life Discovery Space More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Mobile Tech / Look! Native E-Mail! On a PlayBook!
RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0 Finally Brings Native E-Mail
RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0 Finally Brings Native E-Mail
By Jennifer LeClaire / Sci-Tech Today Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
FEBRUARY
21
2012


Research In Motion has finally made good on a promise to update its PlayBook operating system. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is available for release now, but does it really smooth out all the problems with the tablet device?

RIM execs promised an "enhanced" tablet experience with PlayBook OS 2.0 with a "range of new communications and productivity enhancements" and "extended app and content support." But industry analysts aren't so sure those enhancements and extensions are going to satisfy enterprise users, much less consumers.

"Where are the applications? That's my broken record for you," said Michael Disabato, managing vice president of network and telecom at Gartner. "RIM needed to update the operating system in order to get people to use the PlayBook and hopefully accept it."

Wireless Tethering

Although RIM has yet to update its hardware, the PlayBook OS 2.0 offers the much-anticipated integrated e-mail client. The new operating system gives users the option to tap a unified inbox that consolidates all messages in one place.

The BlackBerry Bridge has also been updated. This app connects the PlayBook and core apps on a BlackBerry smartphone via Bluetooth so users can view smartphone content on a tablet-sized screen. A new remote control feature, meanwhile, makes it possible to use a BlackBerry smartphone as a wireless keyboard and mouse for the PlayBook.

The PlayBook went on sale in April 2011. But it debuted with fundamental features missing, including a contacts database, a calendar, a chat application and a 3G or 4G connection, not to mention native e-mail.

"It's what the first PlayBook software should have been from a company which stakes its brand on messaging strength, with tightly integrated calendar, e-mail, and contacts," Frost & Sullivan analyst Craig Cartier told Reuters.

The PlayBook 2.0 built-in calendar pulls together information from social networks. Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.

The new operating system updates document editing functions. There's a new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry Balance. And an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how you type to pave the way for faster, more accurate typing.

Catering to Enterprises

There are also thousands of new apps in the BlackBerry App World, and a new BlackBerry Video Store has been launched. Still, Disabato isn't satisfied with RIM's PlayBook progress.

In a move to cater to the enterprise market, BlackBerry also announced Mobile Fusion to support managing PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry smartphones. The full release is planned for general availability in March.

Time will tell if it's too little, too late for the PlayBook, with the Amazon Kindle Fire making waves and Apple reportedly readying to launch an iPad 3 and lower-cost iPad 2s.

Read more on: RIM, PlayBook, BlackBerry, BBM
Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Don:

Posted: 2012-02-22 @ 5:59am PT
RIM's PlayBook rocked without 2.0 upgrade!!!! Its better than iPad and Kindle.

emmygrey:

Posted: 2012-02-21 @ 4:30pm PT
The download process is tooooooo slow!

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN MOBILE TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Samsung Maps Its Way with Nokia's 'Here' App for Galaxy Phones
Korean electronics giant Samsung has opted to license Here, Nokia’s mapping app -- formerly known as Nokia Maps -- for its Tizen-powered smart devices and Samsung Gear S wearable.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
Sci-Tech Today
Home/Top News | Computing | Digital Life | Discovery | Space | Innovation | Health | Science News
Environment
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.