BlackBerry PlayBook | RIM
RIM's Alec Saunders has denied reports that developers are losing interest in BlackBerry 10, insisting that the developer base has grown and that reports are positive.
RIM may be busy crafting BlackBerry 10 and its next generation of devices, but the BlackBerry PlayBook isn't going completely neglected. Businesscat2000, over on the CrackBerry Forums, has posted multiple videos of a rather incredible feat he has achieved: porting iOS apps to run on the PlayBook OS.
As expected, RIM has released the latest PlayBook beta out for developers, version 2.1.0. The new enhancements are mainly in the Android runtime: Android apps will each now run in a separate window instead of a single one and RIM has opened up access to the camera as well as to in-app payments via the BlackBerry Payment SDK
RIM's VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders has taken to the BlackBerry Developer Blog to comment on reports that the company would remove the ability to sideload PlayBook apps. The feature's future is still under consideration, and as a further anti-piracy measure the next release of PlayBook OS will add encryption to apps so that they're only able to be run by the user that purchased them.
LTE and HSPA+ BlackBerry PlayBooks make their way through the FCC, LTE versions bound for AT&T and Verizon?
Both an LTE and HSPA+ version of the BlackBerry PlayBook have made their way through the FCC today. Both tablets have Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and dual-band Wi-Fi. One LTE version supports AT&T's LTE and HSPA+ bands, while another can handle Verizon's LTE network. Lastly, the HSPA+ only version supports AWS, which means it would be able to run on T-Mobile's network.
RIM has released the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard today, a peripheral for the company's PlayBook tablet. It costs $119.99 and it connects over an encrypted Bluetooth connection. The company claims it has 30 days' worth of battery life.
RIM is in the middle of a reinvention, and a big part of that is the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 operating system. To go along with the new OS release, RIM has also put together some commercials that focus on the new features of PlayBook 2.0.
RIM has released the 2.0 update for the PlayBook, adding a native email client, Documents To Go, Print To Go, and a new version of BlackBerry Bridge.
- BlackBerry 4G PlayBook photos show up with BBM preloaded Apr 6, 2012, 5:50am EDT
- BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 review Feb 23, 2012, 4:00pm EST
- BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 released with native email and Android app support Feb 21, 2012, 5:02am EST
- Updated Bridge software turns your BlackBerry into a Bluetooth remote for PS3, PC, Android tablets, and more Feb 21, 2012, 3:58am EST
RIM has confirmed that it would release the 2.0 OS upgrade for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in February, but leaked documents pinpoint Tuesday, February 21st at 4:01AM as the time of release.
RIM has extended the deadlines for its free BlackBerry Playbook offer to developers. Registration has been extended to February 15th, and apps must be submitted by March 2nd.
RIM's PlayBook OS version 2.0 is being previewed here at CES 2012. It finally brings a native email client, support for using a BlackBerry device as a remote, and wireless printing capabilities. It also has a "reading view" mode in the browser and the BlackBerry Video Storefront.