RIM has finally released BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 to all PlayBook owners. This release has been in Beta testing with developers for a few months and is now ready for public consumption. Some of the major changes RIM is highlighting include:
- Updated BlackBerry Bridge: Now you can view, respond and compose new SMS messages on their BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet when connected to a BlackBerry smartphone over Bluetooth®. You’ll also enjoy increased performance and speed of other BlackBerry Bridge functions as well. So you can do more, more efficiently. Txt away, my friends.
- Email and PIM Enhancements: You’ve asked for it and we’ve delivered portrait support for email, calendar and contacts, giving you the option to use your tablet in either orientation to message. This will definitely come in handy for those of you who enjoy thumb typing in portrait mode like I do.
- Improved Android Application Support: Includes Multi-Window Applications, Camera Support and In-App Payments. We all love a richer app experience, and with the improvements to the Android runtime, that’s just what you’ll get. Running the applications in separate windows allows you to multi-task between Android apps easier, and in-app payments will make it easier for you to enhance your app content. Game on!
- Secure all data on the tablet: the enterprise-grade encryption can now be extended to secure personal data stored on the device
- Print To Go Update: “Print” documents from a PC to a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the Print To Go app even if the PC and tablet are connected to different networks;
- Enterprise Improvements: Improvements to Enterprise functions including over-the-air enrollment to the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion server, support for ActiveSync certificate-based authentication, and additional IT Policy controls.
To update your PlayBook OS, just tap the update notification icon on the menu bar when it pops up. If you don’t want to wait for the notification, you can manually check for the update by going into the settings menu, tapping “Software Updates” and then tapping “Check for Updates.”
Important Compatibility Note: This update is only available for WiFi-only BlackBerry PlayBook models in 16, 32, or 64GB. The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is updated by the respective carrier and not by RIM directly. Your carrier will need to approve a version of OS 2.1 and push it out if you’re using a 4G LTE PlayBook
Source : Inside BlackBerry