Tag Archives: OS 2.0
11:00 am on Jul 28, 2012 |
RIM has announced a new certification that has been achieved by both BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 and BlackBerry Device Service. Both pieces of software are now FIPS 140-2 Certified, meaning they are certified as the most secure mobile services available. Everyone knows what BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is; however, most won’t be familiar with BlackBerry Device Service. This is the portion of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion that manages BlackBerry Devices on the server. It’s basically the BES portion of Mobile Fusion.
Having this certification is huge for RIM, especially since they are counting on the PlayBook, BlackBerry 10, and BlackBerry Device Service to enable them to continue support for government and enterprise customers who require top-level security. This is also a good sign for BlackBerry 10’s security future. It has been widely quoted that since BlackBerry 10 devices could be rooted and jailbroken, they would not achieve the required security standards for government use. Seeing PlayBook OS 2.0 certified, this gives BlackBerry 10 a good chance. Check out the link below for more information on these FIPS Certifications.
RIM has just pushed out an update to BlackBerry Bridge. There is no change log listed for this update, so it’s safe to assume that the update contains mostly bug fixes. However, we often see PlayBook updates just hours or days after a Bridge update, so this could be a sign that the first PlayBook OS 2.0 update is on its way soon. Either way, you’ll want to head into App World and grab the update so your BlackBerry Bridge is ready for anything RIM may throw our way.
Source : CrackBerry
9:30 am on Mar 14, 2012 |
Today we’re taking a look at two of the coolest features of the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Bridge. Those two features are HDMI Mirroring on the PlayBook and BlackBerry Remote through BlackBerry Bridge. In the video above, I first give a quick overview of HDMI Mirroring on the PlayBook. All you need is a Micro-HDMI cable and an HDTV to take advantage of this functionality.
Then, using HDMI Mirroring, I show you some of the features of BlackBerry Remote through BlackBerry Bridge. BlackBerry Remote allows you to fully control your PlayBook using your BlackBerry device. You can use the keyboard on your BlackBerry to input text and you can use the touchscreen on your BlackBerry just like you use the one on your PlayBook. Bezel swipes on the device are mirrored on the PlayBook. You click with an on-screen mouse pointer and you scroll using two fingers on your BlackBerry screen at once.
So, take a look at the video above to see both HDMI Output and BlackBerry Remote in action. Then, bridge your PlayBook and Smartphone and take advantage of these awesome features yourself. If you need to know how to bridge your devices, Click Here to view our BlackBerry School Lesson on the subject. Also, you can get the Blaq Twitter application or Xploding Boxes, which are seen in the video, by clicking the links below.
8:44 pm on Mar 7, 2012 |
Everyone who has used a BlackBerry PlayBook can attest that the Native Web Browser is great. It’s smooth, fast, and the best browser ever on a BlackBerry device. But the latest HTML5 test data is showing us that the browser on PlayBook OS 2.0 is even better than we could have even imagined.
According to the HTML5 test’s individual and unbiased testing, the BlackBerry PlayBook ranks as the #1 Native Tablet Browser. It ties Opera Mobile 12 with 354 out of 475 total points. This number blows away iOS 5, which scored 305 points, and Android 4.0, which came in with 256 points. So, as you can tell from these numbers, RIM has put quite an emphasis on the web browsing experience in PlayBook OS 2.0, and this will also carry on over when BlackBerry 10 launches on Smartphones.
Source : The HTML5 Test
12:27 pm on Mar 3, 2012 |
On the heels of the PlayBook OS 2.0 launch, PlayBook sales and app development are doing better than ever. RIM has just let us know about 2 awesome achievements for the PlayBook. First, the BlackBerry PlayBook was the #1 best-selling for this week. Second, the PlayBook was the top selling tablet at Future Shop this past week. These are both huge achievements for the PlayBook, especially when you consider these two retail locations. Both shops push sales of the Apple iPad and Kindle Fire, and seeing the PlayBook beat out both of these tablets says a lot for OS 2.0.
In addition to the PlayBook sales news, RIM also let us know a little more about application development for the PlayBook. About 6,225 apps have been submitted to App World for approval. A large majority of these applications come from Android developers who are porting their apps to PlayBook. Many of these apps have already been approved into App World; however, there are still over 3,000 that RIM is still working to get approved. We have also seen lots of tweets from Android developers talking about how well their PlayBook apps have been selling. They are saying that more sales are happening in days and weeks in App World than they were seeing in weeks and months on the Android Market. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date as more good PlayBook news surfaces.
11:48 am on Mar 1, 2012 |
RIM posted an offer in February that any developer who submitted a PlayBook app before March 3rd would get a free BlackBerry PlayBook in exchange for their submission. On the Inside BlackBerry DevBlog, RIM has updated us on the response so far. There have been some overwhelming numbers, including 6,225 submitted applications from thousands of developers. Here are a few other highlights from the update:
- 6,225 apps have been submitted
- 4,777 developers have submitted at least one app and have been sent a notification stating, “You’ve completed the first step for the offer”
- 1,827 applications have been approved and 1,283 developers have been sent an email requesting their shipping address details
- We have over 3,000 apps pending review
- To help with the reviews, we’ve added more staff to the BlackBerry App World™ storefront team.
That’s an awesome response from developers and spells great news for PlayBook owners. With more and more apps, the PlayBook becomes an even more compelling tablet for both seasoned and first-time tablet buyers. As RIM keeps courting developers, we should see App World expand each and every day.
4:35 pm on Feb 29, 2012 |
Park Manor Public School in Waterloo has partnered up with RIM for a new program that’s centered on the BlackBerry PlayBook. The program equips each student with BlackBerry PlayBook that they can use for both educational and non-educational work. The PlayBooks are used daily in two of the 6th grade classes at Park Manor and the feedback from both teachers and students has been great.
Students love having access to the latest technology for both research and fun. Teachers love the PlayBook because it better equips the students for research and it helps “students who are reluctant learners” to better participate in class. Be sure to watch the video above for all the information. Having tablets in the classroom is the future of education and it’s great to see RIM piloting this program to make the future today.
Source : CrackBerry
11:54 am on Feb 28, 2012 |
Last week, Netflix told BlackBerry users that they had no plans to support our devices but that this stance could change in the future. Well, that response isin’t good enough for the BlackBerry community. There’s a new petition up on change.org today and it’s one that all BlackBerry users will want to sign. This petition will be delivered to Netflix in hopes that they may change their mind and develop a BlackBerry app sooner, rather than later. Hit thie link below to put your name on the petition and help being Netflix to your BlackBerry device.
Source : N4BB
11:30 am on Feb 28, 2012 |
RIM has just let us know that the BlackBerry Native Development Kit (NDK) 2.0 for the PlayBook has just left ditched its Beta status and is now an official release. Here’s what RIM has to say about the NDK and its new official status, it starts below and continues past the break.
The BlackBerry Native SDK 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook is out of beta and available for developers around the world. Updates to the Native SDK make developing C/C++ applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook simpler, with enhanced troubleshooting and a more intuitive IDE for developers.
This version includes new APIs as well as new wizards. The Device Information API allows developers to use data on battery, phone, storage and more to alert users on resources. The LED service API will allow notifications in applications. Developers can take advantage of the BlackBerry PlayBook’s stereo sound with the Soundplayer API.
Hey everyone! It’s been a huge week for both The BerryFix and the BlackBerry World. First, we had PlayBook OS 2.0 drop on Tuesday, starting the week off with a bang. We have had tons of features on the new OS already and there are more on the way. Then we had updated galore, for both the PlayBook and BlackBerry Smartphones. TheBerryFix.com also broke our existing daily and weekly site traffic records this week. And all of this happened as my first full week as Editor-in-Chief! It’s looking like a great time to be a reader of TheBerryFix and a BlackBerry user, as well. Listed below are all the top stories from this week, in case you missed any or want to re-read some of the big news.
PlayBook OS 2.0 News
- BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is Now Available!!!
- BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Video Walkthrough
- Interview with Michael Clewley, Senior Product Manager at RIM, about PlayBook OS 2.0
- BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 brings Easy-Reader function to the Browser
- Taking at look at the new BlackBerry Video Store on PlayBook OS 2.0
- PlayBook OS 2.0 brings a new look to App World
- RIM debuts BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with some new commercials
Apps (New & Updated)
- Blaq Twitter Client for BlackBerry PlayBook updated to v1.7 with new features
- Google+ for BlackBerry released by Smarter Apps
- MyWorld from Wikitude lets you create your own Augmented Reality World
- Foodspotting for BlackBerry is available now in App World
- BlackBerry Messenger updated to v126.96.36.199 in App World
- WordPress for BlackBerry PlayBook is now available in App World
- Canabalt for BlackBerry PlayBook is a fun side-scroller, and it’s free
- Profile Scheduler now available for BlackBerry Devices running OS 7.1
BlackBerry School Lessons
1:35 pm on Feb 23, 2012 |
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Clewley, Senior Product Manager at RIM, over Video Chat on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Since I did the interview over PlayBook Video Chat, that’s one of the first things I’ll discuss. The Video Chat app on PlayBook OS 2.0 is second-to-none in terms of quality and features. Michael pointed out that Video Chat was one of RIM’s main focal points for the release of OS 2.0 and that auto-detection of Video Chat contacts in your address book is one of the biggest new features in this release.
There were three other areas that Michael stated RIM’s focus was on for PlayBook OS 2.0: the Messages App and its Social Integration, BlackBerry Bridge, and the PlayBook Web Browser. First, the Messages App. RIM worked very hard to develop the messages app and make it fit well with social. The integration of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn messages is a huge feature of OS 2.0.
Then there’s BlackBerry Bridge. Michael stated that Bridge was a huge focus in OS 2.0. He highlighted the BlackBerry Remote feature which allows you to use your BlackBerry Smartphone as a keyboard and mouse for the PlayBook. Also, in terms of Bridge functionality, Michael discussed Open On, a feature that lets you open Emails, Webpages, etc. on the PlayBook from your BlackBerry SmartPhone.
Follow me past the break to hear more about PlayBook OS 2.0 and the future of the BlackBerry PlayBook.
With a new look comes a new user interface and that is especially true with App World on the PlayBook. RIM has totally overhauled App World on the PlayBook, making it better looking, more touch friendly, and easier to use. Android apps are now integrated directly with App World, no separate store or anything is needed. Let us know if you find any new features to go along with the new PlayBook App World UI.
RIM promised to release an official version of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 in February. Today is February 21st and RIM has made good on that promise. The official version of the QNX-based, BlackBerry PlayBook OS is now 2.0 and is available via software update on your PlayBook. This is the big update that we’ve all been waiting for and it includes the following:
- Redesigned UI
- Built-in Email
- Android Application Player
- Built-in Contacts and Calendar
- Unified Inbox with Social Feed Integration
- Updated Native PlayBook Applications
- Much, Much More
If you’re looking to upgrade your PlayBook to the official OS 2.0, you’ll just need to open the system menu on your PlayBook by tapping the gear in the upper right-hand corner, tap on “Software Updates,” and tap “Check for Updates.” Your PlayBook should find the OS 2.0 update and prompt you to install. Just let it download and enjoy your “brand new” PlayBook with OS 2.0. The full press release can be found after the break.
New OS delivers an enriched user experience for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Feb. 21, 2012) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) announced that the new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 will be released for download today. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers an enhanced tablet experience and allows you to use the BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day – at work and at play.
6:17 pm on Feb 20, 2012 |
RIM has just updated the BlackBerry Bridge application for BlackBerry Smartphones to version 188.8.131.52. This update comes on the eve of the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 and will prepare your BlackBerry Smartphone for all the new Bridge features coming with OS 2. RIM has just started rolling out the update and it could take up to 24 hours to roll out to all users around the world. Go ahead an start hitting that update button in anticipation of Bridge 2.0 and OS 2.0.
5:56 pm on Feb 20, 2012 |
Well the long-awaited PlayBook OS 2.0 launch is only hours away (well, that’s what rumors tell us) and we would like to know, are you staying up? Most of us here at TheBerryFix.com will be squinting as we grow tired into the night. But we know what awaits us on the other side, an all new Playbook experience. So sound off in the comments below, are you staying up with us? Remember the rumors are saying that the OS will launch at 4:01 AM, probably eastern time.