It didn’t happen on the 17th, as rumored, but today is the day when RIM finally decided to release the long awaited BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. It is now available for download and comes with lots of goodies, such as native email, calendar and contacts sync, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn integration, that might be just the things whose absence kept people away before (and owners waiting patiently for the refresh). It also welcomes an updated BlackBerry Bridge app that provides Bluetooth connection between the BlackBerry PlayBook and the BlackBerry Smartphone. “Thousands of new apps”, RIM says, are also added to the BlackBerry App World today, including a lot of Android apps. Head over to your tablet’s Settings and check for an update; OS 2.0 should be right there for you!
Another big news is the early release today also — of the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion that will include support for managing BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry smartphones in an enterprise. The full release — with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices — is planned for general availability in late March 2012.
Update: More details about the update emerge. According to a recent RIM blog posting Open On is definitely a feature you might want to try as soon as you download the update. It allows you to open documents (PowerPoint, Word, and PDF), photos and links from your BlackBerry smartphone onto your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with one click. For more details make sure to follow the source links below and let us know of your thoughts on the update if you managed to install it.
Update 2: RIM released two videos of the new platform refresh. Check them out below: