RIM’s New Tablet OS and BlackBerry OS Unveiled
The BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 has added several new features for messaging and e-mail. The OS now features a unified inbox for personal and work e-mail, as well as social networking messaging accounts, tabbed e-mail for keeping multiple messages open at once, support for rich-text such as fonts and formatting, and inbox management capabilities that include search of multiple accounts and setting of auto-reply from the tablet.
RIM has also added new functionality that consolidates information from social networks and e-mail messages about contacts, both in the updated Calendar app to provide consolidated information about meeting attendees, and in the new Contacts app that pulls in recent status updates, conversations, and related mutual contacts.
For mobile working, Playbook OS 2.0 features enhanced Documents To Go functionality such as improved virtual keyboard support and chart and table embedding in spreadsheets. Users trying to open content from their BlackBerry smartphone will be aided by BlackBerry Bridge, a new feature for linking other BlackBerry mobile devices and the Playbook. Via Bridge, users can open and edit files, and even use a smartphone as a wireless keyboard and mouse-style controller.
For the company’s line of smartphones, RIM previewed BlackBerry 7.1 OS. The new release of the OS adds BlackBerry Tag, which uses NFC to allow users to share information with other BlackBerry phones by tapping them together. Other new functionality includes mobile hotspot capabilities for up to five devices.