February 22, 2012- On Tuesday, Research In Motion announced an upgrade to the operating system in its Blackberry PlayBook had been released. The company finally provided a built-in email on its tablet that has been in the market for close to 12 months. Nevertheless, the PlayBook cannot access the company’s instant messaging service, Blackberry Messenger.
Another update was on the Blackberry Bridge. This software is used to help the PlayBook communicate with its smartphones. The software allows smartphone users to create “remote” smartphones for use with the tablet with help from the trackpad, keyboard and touchscreen.
The Blackberry Video Store was also released along with thousands of apps in Blackberry App World. In those new apps are a group of Android apps that can operate on PlayBook.
Analysts say the new features in the updates are not surprising since RIM has been talking about them for a number of months. They said they will help the users of both the company’s smartphones and PlayBook, but cannot understand why RIM took so long to release the new features.
The launch of the new features was scheduled for the fall of 2011 and was only released now and those delays have caused RIM dearly in the marketplace. Experts do not think many new customers will be won over by the new operating system updates especially since the next generation iPad 3 is due to hit the streets shortly.