Posts tagged with: PlayBook OS 2
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    Ever since the BlackBerry PlayBook first launched, we've been wondering about the chances for seeing a couple other variants on the model. The first, one that would be cellular-enabled, rather than relying on a WiFi connection, looks like it's nearly about to become a reality, and may launch as soon as tomorrow. The other change would be to introduce a larger version of the tablet, and so far this one's only been in the rumor stage. Back in February, we heard that such a 10-inch PlayBook had been spotted, but no imagery of the hardware emerged. Today we get out first full-on look at the ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablets are unique among the company's current-generation hardware as they're the only ones, according to leaked RIM documents, at least, that are on-track for getting upgrades to BlackBerry 10 when it arrives early next year. We've been hearing that sometime before then, RIM would come out with a 4G-capable PlayBook, and we caught a glimpse at what looks like the tablet back in April (above). More recently, there have been rumors that the manufacturer would use the opportunity of introducing a new model to upgrade the tablet's processor, as well. Now the new 4G ...

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    "BlackBerry," you may be ready to ask, "isn't that a dead platform?" Sure, RIM's long-term prospects are a bit uncertain, at best, but the company's PlayBook tablet is still an interesting piece of hardware, and for today only you can snag one at what might be the lowest price we've ever seen. Daily Steals, the same site that had the Sony LiveView smartwatch for just $20 last month, is selling refurbished 16GB PlayBooks for only $120 plus $5 shipping for the rest of the day. Why would you want a year-old tablet? For starters, the leaked RIM roadmap we took a look at yesterday shows that ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook already has a name for itself as the tablet of choice for users looking for cross-platform compatibility, thanks to its ability to run repackaged Android apps. That was cool enough on its own, but a new software package has the potential to revolutionize the tablet's ability to run apps from competing smartphone platforms, supporting iOS programs. Demonstration videos of the system first appeared over the weekend, and following some initial bouts of skepticism, it's all seeming very much real. The developer has also prepared an iOS simulator for Windows, where it ...

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    February 21 was a memorable day for BlackBerry Playbook owners who are around one million all over the world, because the platform refresh brought some changes like native email, calendar and contacts sync, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn integration. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta should land today, if Michael Clewley's tweet, (he's the PlayBook Product Manager) is to be believed. He said "end of May" and it doesn't get more "end of May" than today. There is no change log yet attached to the platform refresh beta but according to the image above we can guess that it will at least ...

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    Almost since RIM first released the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, we've been hearing rumors about a new version that would introduce its own cellular modem, no longer relying on a tethered BlackBerry smartphone in order to get online while on the go. Such devices have popped-up in numerous leaked roadmaps, suggesting we'd end up seeing both an HSPA+ and LTE version of this tablet refresh. About a month ago, we got what may have been our first real look at one of these devices, showing-off the telltale sign of a SIM tray. Today, amidst all the other BlackBerry new that's floating about, ...

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    It's been a promising time to be a gamer on the BlackBerry PlayBook as of late, with plenty of news coming out about new releases of high-profile titles. First we saw Angry Birds Space come to the platform, and then heard about another eagerly-anticipated game that would soon be coming to the PlayBook. Speculation at the time seemed to point to the release of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and sure enough, the iOS title now has a PlayBook port. The flow of information on new games isn't about to dry up just yet, and today RIM announced a bunch of additional games in the pipeline for ...

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    We're coming up on nearly twenty years since Sony first released the original PlayStation back in 1994. Those old games can't hold a candle to the high-resolution titles we have today from a purely technical standpoint, but we continue to enjoy the platform's library. After all, so many have become classics with solid gameplay which stands up over the years that Sony itself continues to invest in PlayStation compatibility, as we've seen with the Xperia Play. Today, though, we're not interested in dusting off our old consoles, but instead playing these old titles through an emulator on more ...

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    Last night, we caught a tweet from RIM's Head of Gaming, Anders Jeppsson, mentioning that something wonderful would be available for PlayBook owners today. While there were a number of possible titles thrown around, it started to look likely that the PlayBook would be joining iOS and Android as platforms supported by Rovio's Angry Birds Space (and beating-out Windows Phone in the process). Sure enough, Angry Birds Space is now out for the PlayBook, but that's not the end of things; Jeppsson has teased the release of yet another high-profile app on its way to the PlayBook, one that will ...

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    With new software updates out, and peeks available at some new hardware that will finally introduce cellular data, RIM's been having a relatively promising time lately with its PlayBook tablet. Sure, there's some controversy over the app-signing/sideloading decision, but the tablet's fate largely seems to have been on an upswing as of late. Tonight there's one more bit of good news for PlayBook owners to be looking forward to, with RIM announcing "something wonderful" happening for the PlayBook tomorrow. The RIM employee who tweeted-out the message that this treat will be waiting for us in ...

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    Some images surfaced a couple weeks back that appeared to show the next PlayBook tablet from RIM, now adding a cellular modem for data connectivity. The pictures depicted hardware labeled the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook and showed the addition of a new SIM slot. Granted, we still didn't know if we were looking at an HSPA+ or full-on LTE radio; both versions had been mentioned in past RIM leaks. Yesterday we learned about a new PlayBook OS update that was in the process of going out to users. Now that PlayBook owners have had a chance to install the software and start poking through it, some new ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is our best look so far at a preview of what we can expect from the forthcoming platform-switch over to BlackBerry 10. There have been some pretty interesting developments for the tablet so far, like the introduction of support for interpreting Android apps. That seemed like a boon for the OS, potentially giving users access to a whole different world of apps. On the BlackBerry side, though, that world looks like it's about to get just a bit smaller. RIM VP Alec Saunders took to Twitter recently to confirm that RIM will be removing the ability to sideload apps ...

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    We knew to expect Research in Motion's BlackBerry Mobile Fusion in the first quarter, as last year's reports indicated. Just a little bit late, the company today launched its "next-generation mobile device management solution for enterprise customers". Basically Mobile Fusion allows Government and Business Customers' IT departments to manage BlackBerry, Android as well as iOS devices, from a single, unified, web-based console. "BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows organizations to manage a mixed environment of devices in the most secure, simple, and cost efficient manner possible. It also means ...

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    Owners of BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet got their eagerly awaited update to PlayBook OS 2.0 last month, bringing with it, among other features, support for compatible Android apps through its Android Player. The process by which you can run those apps take a tiny bit of effort, requiring the developer to re-package his or her release for the BlackBerry, but it's certainly preferable to re-coding a port, or just not reaching BlackBerry users with Android apps at all. One of the latest developers to embrace the Android Player on the PlayBook is MoboTap, the team behind the Dolphin Browser, ...

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    While RIM is struggling to regain their (lost) place in the top, the philosophy of Canada's favorite smartphones and tablets manufacturer also seems to change, as small joys are definitely preferable to no joy at all. In fact, RIM recently posted on their Twitter page that the BlackBerry PlayBook was the best selling tablet in Canada last week, both at BestBuy and Future Shop. No numbers though and nothing about the overall sales in Canada. The news is good however, as the launch of Apple's iPad 3 approaches and RIM needs to take its tablets to as many users as possible until then, knowing ...

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    While we may think of the web browsers that accompany the major smartphone operating systems as wholly distinct entities, many of them share common elements. At the heart of mobile Safari, the Android browser, and RIM's browser for the PlayBook is some code known as WebKit. Browsers heavily rely on WebKit to handle page layout when rendering content to the screen. Unfortunately, that may mean that an unusually large fraction of smartphones are vulnerable to a newly-discovered exploit. The news comes courtesy of security firm CrowdStrike, which intends to make a presentation on the ...

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    February 21 was a busy day for RIM and PlayBook owners alike. Shortly after the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, bloggers will be glad to find out that the official WordPress App for PlayBook is also available for download on BlackBerry AppWorld. This app allows you to write posts, edit pages, and manage comments on the go. Both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.9.2 or higher) sites are supported. The application features similar capabilities with those you can find in the Wordpress for BlackBerry smartphones, but with a much better resolution, to take advantage of the ...

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    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 ...

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    The BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 is expected this month -- on February 17 according to some rumors -- after the world saw a demo at CES complete with the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps built-in (which will allow Android apps to run on the Playbook as well as BlackBerry 10 devices after developers repackage the applications). Developers will have to submit their packaged and signed Android apps by Monday, February 6th, 2012, in order for them to be available in the BlackBerry App World when BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 comes out. Aside from Android apps, the BlackBerry Playbook OS 2 will ...

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