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BlackBerry PlayBook update brings ZIP file support, other features

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday July 19, 2011.

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RIM has just released an update to the BlackBerry Tablet OS that runs on the BlackBerry PlayBook. The update adds improved attachment support and new multimedia options to the platform.

Version 1.0.7 of the BlackBerry Tablet OS offers improved connectivity and attachment support for the BlackBerry Bridge application that links BlackBerry smartphones to the PlayBook. Users can now access ZIP files that are attached to emails, and extract and view the contents on their PlayBooks. The files themselves are stored on the SD card inside the BlackBerry smartphone, so when the phone is disconnected from the PlayBook, no files remain on the tablet.

Additionally, the pictures app now supports portrait orientations for viewing, and the video app allows you to pinch-to-zoom on a video while it is playing, much like you can pinch-to-zoom on a still image. RIM has also added support for 15 more languages, as the PlayBook will continue to be rolled out to markets worldwide this year.

The update, which clocks in at a hefty 358MB, should be available to download now through the Software Updates app on the PlayBook. We are still waiting for that promised native email client and Android application support on the PlayBook, but we will take any update we can get that can inject some new life into this 7-inch tablet.

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