Tag Archives: PlayBook 2.0
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
11:45 am on Feb 29, 2012 |
This morning at Mobile World Congress, Tim Neil, Director of Application, Platform, and Tools Product Management at RIM, went over the BlackBerry Platform Roadmap. The roadmap starts all the way back with BlackBerry OS 5, where HTML 5 integration first came to the BlackBerry Platform. Development for BlackBerry OS 5, 6, and 7 all use both Java and HTML 5 as the basis for development.
With the PlayBook; however, RIM changed up the available development platforms for BlackBerry. HTML 5 is still included, but Java is now a thing of the past. The other development platforms for the PlayBook and OS 2.o include QNX Native and Adobe AIR and Flash. When BlackBerry 10 launches for both Smartphones and the PlayBook, it will allow for development with all the current developer tools and it will add in the new, TAT-designed, Cascades UI Framework that we have seen RIM demo in the past.
Read on past the break for more information on what’s coming with BlackBerry 10.
1:10 pm on Feb 28, 2012 |
Miner Diary by MMMOOO is a PlayBook game that I hadn’t heard anyone talking about yet. I stumbled across it while searching through App World, and since it was free, decided to try it out. I was blown away by how easy the game is to play, but how hard it is to get a perfect score. The object of the game is simple, you’re the miner and your goal is to collect the most valuable gemstones and rocks within the time limit. You just tap the screen to launch the grapple hook and grab the gemstones from the mine. This is one of the funnest, free games I have tried on the PlayBook and it comes highly recommended.
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 v22.214.171.124 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
1:45 pm on Feb 24, 2012 |
Last year we heard RIM discuss the evolution of the PlayBook and a 4G LTE model was discussed, as well as 3G and HSPA+ models. There hasn’t been any additional discussion of a 4G model and RIM seems to be pretty happy with the current WiFi-only model. However, Mobile Syrup has gotten ahold of a document which shows a 4G LTE model may be coming this April. This document also goes on to show that BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will have a full-on launch in March 2012.
This all sounds well and good; however, I’m a little skeptical about RIM going 4G LTE on the PlayBook. Earlier this year, we saw a 2012 RIM roadmap and an LTE version of the PlayBook was no where to be found. Instead, we was what RIM is calling the PlayBook 3G+, which is slated to have HSPA+ wireless connectivity. Things are rapidly changing in the world of mobile technology, so we very well could see a 4G LTE PlayBook in early April. Only time will tell…
Source : Mobile Syrup
8:30 am on Feb 21, 2012 |
I noticed a new icon on PlayBook OS 2.0 called “Accessories Store.” Of course I clicked on it, and was I pleasantly surprised by the result. RIM has linked the accessories store icon with their one-stop shop for BlackBerry accessories, ShopBlackBerry.com. The website interface looks pretty slick on the PlayBook and allows you to purchase some accessories for you “new” PlayBook without ever putting the tablet down. Check out the Accessories Store for all you BlackBerry PlayBook accessory needs.
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 126.96.36.199. 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.
10:23 pm on Feb 18, 2012 |
This latest tidbit of info confirms that BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 release date and it even gives us a time to start hitting our “check for updates” buttons. The image above gives all the details, including the February 21st launch date and a launch time of 4:01 AM , which would most likely be EST. It details the new functions in OS 2.0 like native Email, Contacts, and Calendar, as well as native Android App support. We should also see a BlackBerry Bridge update, we’re hearing version 2.0, rolling out tomorrow or Monday. Look past the break for some information on BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, it’s slated to launch on February 21st, right along with PlayBook OS 2.0.
Source : Engadget
11:47 am on Jan 27, 2012 |
We have been hearing from RIM for quite some time that PlayBook OS 2.0 would be ready and launching in February. They never gave us a specific date in February, but I have always thought it would be mid to late in the month. It’s looking like I may be right, according to Best Buy. According to BBOS, employees at Best Buy locations all around the US and Canada are being told to prepare for the rollout of the OS for PlayBook on February 21st. I have even personally called and visited a few Best Buys and gotten either late February or the exact date for February 21 as the date from employees.
We must take this with a grain of salt, especially since we all know how carrier and tech store employees tend to carry on rumors over facts. However, with PlayBook OS 2.0 being such a big launch for the company, the employees may need to be let in on it a little earlier to get prepared. This launch will be highly publicized and marketed, something we have already seen from RIM in the first month of 2012. Now, I know most were skeptical at the launch date, especially considering RIM’s less than stellar track record of product release announcements followed by delays. It looks like this time, February may be correct and RIM my hit a specified launch date for the first time in a long time. All of this combines gives us great hope in RIM and the BlackBerry for 2012. They are finally living up to customer expectations, as well as their new slogan, #BeBold.
Source : BBOS
And we are officially onto yet another day at CES 2012, but before we continue I’ll take a minuet to recap yesterdays news. Yesterday RIM officially demoed the new PlayBook operating system, version 2.0. Along with a demonstration of the new BlackBerry remote feature that you’ll find with the latest version of the BlackBerry Bridge application.
CES 2012 day 2
- RIM shows off BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 at CES 2012
- RIM demos the new BlackBerry Bridge features at CES 2012 – Including BlackBerry Remote
- Visa approves the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9790 and Curve 9360/9380 for NFC mobile payments
Keep your browser locked to TheBerryFix.com as we dive into the third day at CES 2012.
- RIM announces BBX at DevCon 2011
- RIM posts “Thank You Gift” apps in App World
- TVO launches five new kid-centric PlayBook apps
- Porsche designed BlackBerry 9980 to be revealed October 27
- Facebook Messenger App now available for BlackBerry
- Twitter for BlackBerry v2.1 now available in the Beta Zone
- BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Hands on and initial impressions
- BlackBerry Tablet OS Native SDK available now
- Android Player Repackaging Tool for BlackBerry PlayBook now available
- BlackBerry Myths Busted: RIM crushes rumors about BlackBerry development
- BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac v188.8.131.52 is now available