BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 is the latest update for RIM’s struggling PlayBook tablet. OS 2.1 will get the user up and running faster and more conveniently.
Features included in latest update are as follows :
Software updates are no longer mandatory during set up. The customer can choose the best time to update for them.
Setting up Wifi connection is no longer mandatory at set-up. Software updates can be done over a mobile network. (4G models Only)
Portrait mode can now be used with the email, calendar and contacts app. Greater flexibility and control over which folders are wirelessly synced when using Active Sync and full access to IMAP Email folders.
The BlackBerry PlayBook now gives the ability to conduct a video chat over 4G mobile networks. (Some carriers restrictions apply)
Print To Go – Now you can send content to your BlackBerry PlayBook even if it is not connected to the same Wifi Network.
Android Apps will now run in individual windows rather than being lumped into one Android Player Window. Apps which require access to the camera are now supported. In-App payments can now be submitted.
Video store is now available in Canada. Thousand of movies and TV shows, new and old, available on demand to rent or buy New releases available same day as DVD.
Text Messaging (SMS) is now supported with BlackBerry Bridge. When Bridged, you can read, send and receive text messages on your PlayBook tablet.
When Bridged, and connected to Wifi, PlayBook automatically sends and receives data over the wifi network to decrease mobile network and increase performance.
Update : BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 will be officially launched later this month (Sep 2012) and will be rolled out within weeks. This will be the last major update before BlackBerry 10.
Update : BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 is now officially available to download from BlackBerry website.