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More Details on BlackBerry PlayBook OS 1.0.3 – Coming Tonight

RIM told us that the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 1.0.3 was dropping later today and now we know more from the official BlackBerry Blog. Check out what they have to say below.

BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat

The Video Chat application enables video and voice over Wi-Fi calling between BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in peer-to-peer or enterprise environments using your BlackBerry® ID profile. Here are some of the features I’m really excited about:

    One-Click Calls – With just one click you can make a call from your Video Chat contact list, log of recent calls or simply by entering the BlackBerry ID email address of the person you want to call.
    Incoming Call Notifications – You will receive a notification pop-up when a new video call comes in, allowing you to accept the call as either a video or voice call, or decline the call. For those quiet moments — such as when you’re watching a movie, playing a game or listening to music — you will also have the ability to simply set the “Do Not Disturb” option and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will automatically ignore all incoming calls.
    Powerful In-Call Functions – By using the picture-in-picture function you can easily preview what your camera is seeing prior to placing the call to see the video feed you will be sending. You can also easily switch cameras from front to rear so your friends can see what you see, and for private moments you can mute/unmute audio or make or take calls using voice only.
    Friends List – BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat comes complete with a Friends List for maintaining your contacts. A friendly name and a picture can easily be added to a contact to personalize the entry and a Call Log makes it simple to keep track of who called, as well as when and what calls were missed. Friends are added using their BlackBerry ID profile.
    Video Chat Multitasking – Thanks to the power of the BlackBerry Tablet OS and its true multitasking capabilities, video and voice over Wi-Fi chats can continue running in the background while you interact with other applications.
    HDMI Video Chat – In addition to chatting using the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s high-resolution screen, Video Chat supports HDMI output when in ‘Mirror Mode’, allowing you to output what is on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s screen to a larger HD television or monitor.

BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Support via BlackBerry Bridge

BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.3 expands the BlackBerry Bridge experience to include BBM (woot! Ed.). BlackBerry smartphone users with BlackBerry Bridge enabled can now mirror their smartphone BBM on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s large high-resolution display over a secure Bluetooth® connection. BBM via BlackBerry Bridge features:

    Full BBM Chat Functionality – Either one-to-one or multi-person chats.
    BBM Status Updates – Let your friends know how you feel about your new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet!
    Photo Sharing – Via the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or your BlackBerry smartphone SD card.
    BBM Alerts – New BlackBerry Messenger alerts will appear on the BlackBerry PlayBook notification ribbon.

Document Editing via BlackBerry Bridge

In addition to BBM, BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.3 now adds document-editing support via BlackBerry Bridge to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. This means that documents sitting on your BlackBerry smartphone can now be accessed via secure Bluetooth connection, edited on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s large high-resolution display and then saved back to your BlackBerry smartphone. Here are some important aspects of document editing via BlackBerry Bridge to note:

    File Access – Access to your pictures, documents, spreadsheets and slideshows via either email over BlackBerry Bridge or the BlackBerry Bridge files application. With BlackBerry Bridge, you can view photos and office documents and edit spreadsheets and text-based documents.
    BlackBerry® Internet Service Support – When bridged to a BlackBerry smartphone with a BIS service plan, users can select to either save their document locally on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or back onto their BlackBerry smartphone SD card.
    BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Support – When bridged to a BlackBerry smartphone operating on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, documents automatically get saved back to the BlackBerry smartphone SD card to help ensure corporate data is kept secure.

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  1. Good update and finally BBM support!
    Thanks for the update. I am at the BBWC, but you guys have and post the updates the fastest!

  2. RIM is probably betting they they’ll sell a lot of Playbooks with this BBM video, and they are probably right, but I wish they had Skype support too some of my friends either can’t or won’t pay $500 for a tablet (any kind) and I’d like to be able to video chat with them on my tablet. Yes I can do it on my laptop but I was hoping that I could go away say to a conference for a few days and not have to take laptop with me.

    Loving BBM and Facebook on my playbook, loving my playbook period!

  3. Hmmm just had a thought. Since this can do voice only we now have the potential of free calls to any blackberry phone with BBM. No it isn’t there now but…..

    AT&T must be fuming LOL!!!

  4. any info on built in sms/mms functionality for the bridge?


  5. Now if only I had a playbook to update…

  6. bbm is a little glitchy. If you put the bbm (with open chats) in the background, then bring it back up and try to start chatting again, there is no response in the text box….just sayin

  7. Has anyone got it yet?

  8. not yet in ottawa Canada

  9. Anybody got it or have tried the brick recovery mode?

  10. I have AT&T uverse as my internet provider and cellphone….could that have anything to do with why I the update is still not available for me? >:(

    Can’t get bridge to work, starting to hate OS6…maybe I’ll just go off the “grid” and just go wifi only on my playbook, want to throw the bb device out the window right now.

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