Without any real prior confirmation, Research in Motion (RIM) has released its second generation OS for its BlackBerry Playbook tablet today.
BlackBerry OS 2.0 for the Playbook brings with it quite the list of updates, some of the most notable being much needed native email, contacts and calendar apps, BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 which allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a remote control for the Playbook, and social integration with services including Faebook and Twitter.
The new OS is also said to be fair bit snappier from a performance perspective along with real-time multitasking capabilities and several new and improved productivity tools like Print to Go and Documents to Go (allowing you to view and edit MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint files).
SVP of mobile computing at RIM, David Smith said, “Building on the BlackBerry Playbook tablet’s proven web browsing, multimedia and multitasking strengths, the new BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 introduces a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded app and content support“.
Thanks to the BlackBerry App World, many new apps are also now offered (including a number of Android apps) and with thousands more to come.
To upgrade your Playbook to BlackBerry OS 2.0 just check for updates in “Settings”.
KitGuru says: Better late than never. At least all the features that should have been in place the first time around finally make the Playbook a (slightly?) respectable tablet.