News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 03, 2012.
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RIM has updated its BlackBerry Playbook tablet to add new communication features and better support for running Android apps. The new version 2.1 software has updated BlackBerry Bridge, the feature that connects the tablet to BlackBerry smartphones, to be faster and more powerful. In addition to the always present "improved performance" in Bridge, users can now view, respond, and send text messages on a PlayBook linked to a smartphone. Another messaging perk is the ability to finally use the email application in portrait mode. That's actually part of a larger effort to bring portrait to calendar and contacts use as well.
RIM says it has also improved performance for running Android apps through its app player. PlayBook users can now use Android apps that need to access the device's camera, or make in-app payments in games and apps with upgradeable content. Enhanced support for Multi-Window applications should also create a smoother experience when attempting to multitask.
PlayBook OS 2.1 is available now for BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi models. The 4G LTE version of tablet should be updated within the next month, pending carrier approval.source: RIM
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