You might know it as BBX, RIM’s QNX-based operating system, which was renamed to BlackBerry 10 after Basis International, an Albuquerque-based company, has claimed trademark ownership of the “BBX” moniker.
However, RIM has recently confirmed that PlayBook tablets will get an update to BlackBerry 10, which is currently running PlayBook OS 2.0 (also QNX-based). “We’ve said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that’s still firmly the case. At some point after the launch we’ll [...]
The BlackBerry PlayBook Keyboard Case is a highly anticipated accessory for all RIM tablet users and we’ve just recently heard it was on an exclusive pre-order up in Canada. However, you can now grab your unit directly from RIM.
It will cost you $119.99 and it will ship on March 23. You will be able to use the touchpad to navigate and control your PlayBook, have access to the entire screen while typing (which is great now that PlayBook OS 2 brought a dedicated e-mail client), it also acts as a case and it even charges using your PlayBook charger (with up to 30 days battery [...]
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 [...]
If you are a PlayBook owner or fan and you’ve been following the news you probably didn’t miss the PlayBook Keyboard case pictures which popped up around a month ago, together with rumors of an upcoming 10-inch follow-up and a dock.
You can now pre-order the BlackBerry PlayBook Keyboard case online at the source link below in Canada for $99.99. It is a full-fledged keyboard with touchpad, left and right mouse clicks and multi-touch functionality. Estimated shipping time is March 23, 2012 and The Source is currently having an exclusive on it (as well as the exclusive [...]
A keyboard dock can add a big amount of usability to a smartphone, as we’ve seen with the Motorola Lapdocks, and looks right at home on a tablet, like the ASUS Transformer Prime. The next manufacturer to add a keyboard option to its hardware looks like it’s going to be RIM, thanks to the company’s Mini Keyboard for its PlayBook tablet.
Now technically, this isn’t another docking situation, since the Mini Keyboard connects wirelessly over Bluetooth. What sets it apart from a generic Bluetooth keyboard, beyond showing-off design choices that match the [...]
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 [...]
Most of our attention upon hearing rumors about RIM’s hardware plans for the rest of the year has been focused on the company’s next wave of smartphones, leaving the tried-and-true BlackBerry OS for a new QNX-based system. Mixed-in with those rumors and leaked roadmaps have been a couple mentions about what RIM might be planning for its tablet lineup. We had heard about the possibility of seeing two such models released this year, with an HSPA+ enabled version for May and a larger 10-inch LTE version closer to the end of the year. A new leak out today suggests that [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
After seeing it jump around a little bit, it’s started to seem more and more likely in recent days that RIM would be releasing version 2.0 of the PlayBook’s system software tomorrow, February 21. One thing that’s been following all these rumors of potential release dates has been the claim that we’d also be seeing RIM release an updated version of its BlackBerry Bridge software to coincide with PlayBook OS 2.0 availability. Sure enough, that new Bridge has landed, making tomorrow’s release rumor seem all the more likely.
BlackBerry Bridge 184.108.40.206 [...]
After finally getting a chance to see BlackBerry 10 in action, as we did yesterday, the other big software news we’ve been looking forward to from RIM was the arrival of PlayBook OS 2.0. As a QNX-based platform, it’s very much tied to the company’s work on BlackBerry 10, making us even more interested to see what’s released. The last we heard, February 17 was being floated as a potential release date for the update. A new rumor seeks to amend that estimation a bit, now focusing on a release just a few days later.
N4BB reports hearing from a number of its [...]
Some pictures have surfaced of BlackBerry Playbook accessories taken at BlackBerry DevCon Europe 2012. In the image above you can see the BlackBerry PlayBook keyboard case which also features a multi-touch pad. It’s said to offer enough juice to go for 30 days, hence the rather heavy weight.
The image below seems to be one of a docking station for the BlackBerry PlayBook where the tablet connects via HDMI. There’s also a LAN port for the times you have no WiFi but there’s a chance for wired internet.
What we wish we could have seen pictured was the [...]
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 [...]