• BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1/PlayBook 4G Launch Is Imminent

    It seems news about the PlayBook is buzzing lately. On the heels of the recent rumor of a PlayBook 4G launch on July 31st, we've now received word that RIM is preparing the PlayBook OS 2.1 rollout. As mentioned with when the PlayBook OS 2.1 beta build was released, many of the final features were left out of the beta build, but we now have a full breakdown of what will be found in this upcoming OS update:

    • Software updates are no longer mandatory during setup. The customer can choose the best time to update for them.
    • Setting Up WiFi connection is no longer mandatory at setup
    • Software updates can be done over a cellular 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
    • Full access to IMAP Email folders
    • The BlackBerry PlayBook now gives you the ability to conduct a video chat over 4G Cellular Networks (Some Carrier Restrictions May Apply)
    • Print To Go - Now you can send content to your BlackBerry PlayBook even if it’s 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. Buying that next power-up in your game is easier than ever!
    • Video Store is now available in Canada. Thousands of movies and TV shows, new & old, available on demand to rent or buy New releases available same day as DVD
    • Text Messaging is now supported with BlackBerry Bridge. When Bridged you can read, send and receive text messages on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
    • When Bridged, and connected to WiFi, the BlackBerry PlayBook automatically sends and receives data over the WiFi network to decrease cellular data usage, and increase performance
    If my memory serves me well, the last major PlayBook OS update was on a #TwosDay (Tuesday), so July 31st seems like a very solid guess at this point. Let us know what you think.

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