The Canada-based Research In Motion announced today, just ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2012, that their long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 operating system is available for free download for BlackBerry PlayBook owners.
The updated OS resolves a few issues with previously-missing elements and includes a long list of enhancements and additional features that include
– An integrated email Inbox that supports multiple personal or business email messages in a central location. The feature also includes SN messages from such sites as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
– Social Integration with your Contacts and Calendar apps. Each contact entry is automatically updated with new information posted on the contacts’ social network sites.
– An updated BlackBerry Bridge app that connects your BlackBerry PlayBook with your core apps on your BlackBerry smartphone, including your Contacts, BlackBerry Messenger, Email, Browser and Calendar. The Bridge app provides a larger tablet view of those entries that make you squint on your smartphone. The app provides all the app functions incorporated into your smartphone, which includes document and image viewing and editing, reading emails, profiles, web pages and more.
– The new Print To Go app and an improved BlackBerry Balance that optimises your business data.
– More apps and content, including a new BlackBerry Video Store that opens today, as well as elevated web browsing experiences.
In addition to the BlackBerry 2.0 OS, RIM has made available a first-run release of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion that enable joint management of your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and your BlackBerry mobile phone. The initial run does have limited capabilities, but the full version with maximized features and capabilities is expected out in late March 2012.
In additional BlackBerry news today, RIM released the BlackBerry Bold 9790 in Hong Kong. The Bold 9790 utilizes the BlackBerry 7 browser that provides a smoother surfing experience and HTML5 smoothness for brilliant video and gaming enjoyment.