Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook had a very bad start. Since it was introduced into the market, it was met with lots of criticisms with regards to its hardware and software. It is a bad year for RIM as its BlackBerry smartphones have lost its market share to smartphones running on Google’s Android mobile operating system and Apple’s iPhones. As a result, RIM’s upper management was overhauled.
Now it looks like RIM hasn’t stopped developing for its tablet. It announced that BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is now available for download. Among the new features is an email app that integrates messages from Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. The previous PlayBook OS didn’t have a native email and calendar app.
PlayBook 2.0 also has a built-in calendar and contacts app that allows the user to sync contact info to various social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If the user connects a BlackBerry smartphone with the tablet via the BlackBerry Bridge app, documents, web sites, emails and images on the smartphone would also appear on the tablet. A remote control feature allows the user to use the BlackBerry smartphone as wireless keyboard and mouse for the PlayBook.
The contacts app improves the video chat experience but in order to chat with someone, the other person must also own a PlayBook. There is still no Skype app for the RIM tablet.