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RIM Explains The Three Internet Browsing Methods for the BlackBerry PlayBook


There has been a bit of confusion surrounding the different ways the BlackBerry PlayBook can browse the internet from Wi-Fi, BlackBerry Bridge, or Bluetooth tethering. RIM has been kind enough to explain the different methods in a recent knowledgebase article and I thought I would share it. I find it interesting that the BlackBerry Bridge internet browsing uses the same method of selecting an internet transport as the BlackBerry OS 6 browser. More details on that selection here.

Here is RIM’s explanation of the different browsing methods on the BlackBerry PlayBook:

The BlackBerry Playbook tablet offers a rich browsing experiences featuring:

  • Full Adobe® Flash® 10.1 enabled
  • Built-in support for HTML 5
  • No-compromise rendering of text, graphics and video

Three methods to connect to the Internet are available on the BlackBerry Playbook tablet. This article compares the 3 methods of browsing available.

BlackBerry PlayBook Browser

The BlackBerry Playbook Browser connects directly to the Internet with an available Wi-Fi connection using 802.11 a/b/g/n – 2.4 and 5GHz.

BlackBerry Bridge Browser
The BlackBerry Bridge Browser is available when paired to a BlackBerry smartphone with device software 5.0 to 6.0 using the BlackBerry Bridge client. When connected to the Internet using the BlackBerry Bridge Browser the Playbook accesses the Internet through the BlackBerry smartphone’s browsing services. With this connection method no Wi-Fi connection on the PlayBook is required. When paired with a BlackBerry smartphone active on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, The BlackBerry Bridge Browser offers access to corporate intranet websites.
For information on the simplified browsing experienced offered in BlackBerry® 6 please see KB23699.

Bluetooth tethering, Dial-Up Networking (DUN)

The BlackBerry Playbook can connect to a mobile phone (such as a BlackBerry smartphone) that supports Dial Up Networking over Bluetooth, to access the Internet. When browsing with this method the default BlackBerry Playbook browser is used and offers the same browsing experience.

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  1. Does this explain why the carriers (with the possible/pending exception of AT&T) have not blocked tethering the Playbook with a BB?

  2. I’ll add to this that it looks like the histories are maintained separately between bridge browser and tablet browser.

  3. So does the browser (when bridged) share the bookmarks too?

  4. Nope different bookmarks

  5. And, in case you need a new BlackBerry to do the Bridging, the Torch is now priced at $49! (with 2 year contract)

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