Members of the media had the chance to witness how BlackBerry PlayBook with OS 2.0 works ahead of its global launch in a special gathering held at Romulo Café at Jupiter Street, Makati.
BlackBerry PlayBook is known for its true multi-tasking, advanced web browsing, HD multimedia and powerful performance capabilities. The BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 builds on this strong foundation, as well as leveraging the strengths in communications, social integration and productivity, to allow customers to use their Black Berry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day.
Key features of the PlayBook OS 2.0 include integrated email client with a powerful unified box, calendar and contacts applications with social integration, updated BlackBerry Bridge v2.0 application, improved mobile productivity and numerous apps and content.
New integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox allows users to quickly manage their personal email and work email accounts as well as the messaging capabilities of popular social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and others – all in one place. Also, by extending the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s multitasking capabilities to “tabbed email,” users are able to reference one email while they compose another.
More than just an address book, the new built-in Contacts app serves as a social hub – merging and consolidating information from multiple sources (including email and social channels) into one contact file for each person in their address book. The powerful built-in Calendar app provides the unique ability for users to view their calendar by who they are meeting with that day and review valuable information about that contact. Information is consolidated automatically from social networking sites about that contact and/or their company.
Moreover, the BlackBerry smartphone and tablet is powerful pair. The new BlackBerry Bridge features allow a user’s BlackBerry smartphone to act as a keyboard and mouse for their BlackBerry PlayBook – effectively providing a wireless remote control for their tablet. Perfect for pausing a movie when a BlackBerry PlayBook is plugged in to a TV with an HDMI connection, or for using the tactile QWERTY keyboard on a BlackBerry smartphone to compose a message or document on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Likewise, BlackBerry Bridge allows you to take documents, emails, multimedia files and web pages found on your smartphone and open them quickly and directly on the BlackBerry PlayBook so you can use the larger high resolution display for an optimized viewing and editing experience.
Updated Documents To Go functionality makes it easier for users to create and edit documents while on the go. Improvements include: enhanced support for the virtual keyboard, the ability to view and update embedded charts and chart sheets within spreadsheets, a new formula wizard with over 100 functions as well as the ability to edit presentations including text, bullets and formatting.
Print To Go application allows users to wirelessly “print” from their laptop or PC directly to their BlackBerry PlayBook over Wi-Fi®. A digital printout is created on the BlackBerry PlayBook so that users can view, sort and manage their digital printouts as though they were physical sheets of paper.
The combination of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and BlackBerry Balance will help to overcome many barriers to widespread tablet deployment, including device manageability and the ability to secure, manage and control confidential corporate information on the device.
Many exciting new applications built for the BlackBerry PlayBook will be made available on BlackBerry App World with the availability of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. From gaming and lifestyle to business and productivity, RIM is showcasing some of the latest apps available for the BlackBerry PlayBook at CES 2012 including Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Groupon, Thomson Reuters, Zinio and many more.