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Blackberry Playbook 2.0 Upgrade Launched By Rim

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The new Operating system for BlackBerry playbook - OS 2.0 is officially launched by RIM. This update by RIM was worthy to be waited so long as it makes its 7-inch Playbook tablet now more competitive and desirable. This free update will be available to BlackBerry playbook users in early February.
Moreover, RIM selected the right venue and time for introducing the updated version of its Playbook Operating system - the Las Vegas based CES 2012. The CEO of RIM - Mike Lazaridis said at the launch "With BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 we are building on this strong foundation, as well as leveraging our strengths in communications, social integration and productivity, to allow people to use their BlackBerry Playbook in new ways throughout the day."
The new OS will allow receiving e-mails without being connected to the BlackBerry smartphone. Before this update, the main reason behind the criticisms for it was the lack of built-in support for e-mails, which will be resolved now. RIM also announced at the event that the new OS for its smartphones - version 7.1, will be also available now.
RIM has also updated the home screen by which the favorite icons now stay at the top of the application menu page. It now also allows creating folders just like iOS and Android OS. To create folders, just hold down an app icon and drag one app onto another, and change the application name.
The email app now operates similarly to the standard Blackberry Messenger app where multiple message sources can be combined into a universal box. So users can choose from which accounts they want notifications, like they can select which accounts on their Blackberry phone should notify them of new message via Bridge. In all, this email app acts almost like Android's native email app but it is easier to add text formatting in the message in Blackberry. A new unified inbox will allow users to mix work and personal email accounts, while multi tasking will let them have multiple email messages open, either in plain or rich text. With simple taps or dropdowns, the font and the font size can be changed, the text color can be changed, bulleted or numbered list can be added, and text alignment can be adjusted. The software keyboard is also redesigned with the options of adding predictive text suggestions, auto correction, and contextual prediction of next word. So, RIM has finally sorted out the email issue that was affecting the Playbook.
Moreover, Playbook 2.0 supports syncing with Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, and Yahoo for calendar and email; as well as with Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino. The calendar application shows week, month, and day views, as well as an expanded Agenda view that shows all related information for a given entry. Like Microsoft's Windows Phone, RIM will also integrate social networking calendars and contacts. It will now allow a Blackberry handset to work like a remote control, for example - movies streamed from a Playbook to a TV or as a keyboard for the Playbook. It is also updating its corporate and Office features, and introducing a new reader web browsing mode that just shows the text on a web page.
The Blackberry 2.0 update looks like fully packed with potential, only if it works as smoothly and nicely in real as seen in the demo. RIM was continuously criticized for delaying their Blackberry 7.1 software. But now with this update, it is expected that BlackBerry Playbook will give a tough competition to iPad and Android Tablet. This will affect vastly to blackberry application development market as RIM has confirmed its release in February.If you want to be with the trend getting a BlackBerry application developed, write us at info@softwebsolutions.com to hire an expert BlackBerry developer.

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