Leaked marketing doc promises BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 on February 21

Leaked marketing doc promises BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 on February 21Last week we heard that BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 would be dropping on February 21 (i.e. tomorrow), and a leaked marketing document gives credence to that notion – and then some.

Said document spills the beans on various BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0-related goodness.

The marketing memo thingy suggests that the BlackBerry PlayBook pricing structure will remain permanent - in the US, at least - following the release of 2.0, with “no more fluctuation”. That means $199, $249 and $299.

We’re told to expect “unteathered” (you heard me) Contacts, Email and Calendar action, all of which have been absent since the BlackBerry PlayBook launched in April 2011. As the document mentions, that means you can finally use them “without owning a BlackBerry”.

The other big feature is the availability of Android apps. Er, that’s if the developers have submitted the necessary amended code. We recently heard that free BlackBerry PlayBooks were being offered as an incentive to do so.

Legit or not, the document is a bit of an embarrassment, with the aforementioned spelling mistake, and generous – or should that be hideous - use of bold and underlining all over the friggin’ shop. I’m just saying.

via: Engadget

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Stelph  Feb. 20, 2012 at 15:36

As interesting as the Playbook OS 2.0 is looking to be, personally im more interested in this mysterious docking station that popped up in photos, looked like a dock with HDMI and USB out (which would be great for a media station connecting the playbook to your TV)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2012 at 16:10

cat got your tongue/typing fingers?

Jerec  Feb. 21, 2012 at 14:30

Downloading it now for my Playbook! So Excited!!!

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2012 at 14:37

Downloading it now for my Playbook! So Excited!!!
Tell us about it when it's up and running! :)

Jerec  Feb. 22, 2012 at 17:24

If anyone has played with the OS 2 beta then they will be at home with this, you have the quick launch line where you can stick you 6 most used apps, and you can now group apps into folders, very handy!

The email client thingy is ok, but looks messy when you have Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and Hotmail all in there together, but you can click to see each one on its own, but I personally bridge mine to my BB which is a work phone for my emails.

Haven't noticed any difference with App world, I was hoping that they would at least sort out the prices now Android apps can be lauched, theres no way I'm paying £5 for Angry Birds or Plants Vs Zombies!!!

Still more to investigate though, shame theres no screensaver when docked like when you stick your phone in one.

Stelph  Feb. 23, 2012 at 08:02

Yes, pricing was one thing I was worried about, I could see the prices being higher on the playbook over the native android app, which sucks if thats the case. Whats the app selection like, does it say anywhere or can you give an impression of the types of apps there are?

Jerec  Feb. 23, 2012 at 09:19

You are supposed to see more Android apps in there, and you aren't meant to be able to tell which ones are being emulated compared to the BB ones, but it looks busier which is good, but I guess its a personal preference. I was hoping we could download Android files and copy them across and it would convert them...Maybe you can but I just don't know?


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