BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 Shows Email, Calendar and Contacts all Working, Update in February
At the BlackBerry Innovation Forum 2011, RIM gave the crowd in attendance hope for the PlayBook. The latest update scheduled to arrive to BlackBerry PlayBook's worldwide is 2.0, running off QNX code. Something that the PlayBook has been missing, and RIM has promised will come, is native email, calendar and contacts within the PlayBook OS. It was a major oversight for RIM to release the PlayBook without these basic core features, which they've been fighting to correct since April 2011.
On Tuesday, RIM detailed the PlayBook 2.0 OS with native email, calendar and contact functionality. The screenshots you see here are courtesy of BlackBerryCool.com who was in the audience.
All the native apps built in show they have been revamped and imagined to fit a 7 inch tablet screen, as opposed to just expanding the canvas from the smaller smartphone screen resolutions. You can see in the images below that the PlayBook will have multiple email account functionality, along with folder view, search, navigation bar on the left pane, and email functions on the right side pane. The Calendar app can be seen in multiple views, with search, appointments on the right side, and as a particular day gets more filled with meetings or reminders, that day appears more bold than others. Nice touch. The Contacts app is integrated with the email and calendar apps, offering search, edit, addition and deletion as well.
With the recent sale prices of the BlackBerry PlayBook nationwide, and the new features being added to the PlayBook 2.0 QNX operating system (including Android Apps), RIM is making this tablet device look better and better. Unlike HP who dumped support for the TouchPad after their 'fire' sale, RIM is continuing support and updates for the PlayBook. I can't think of a reason not to get one now, with the PlayBook 2.0 update dropping February 17th 2012.
To see more images from the BlackBerry Innovation Forum 2011, click here.
Source - blackberrycool