Now that we have a basic idea of when PlayBook OS 2.0 is coming (current internal target is February 21st) many of you are wondering how to prepare. As we mentioned in our interview with Jeff Gadway this update will range from 400MB to 500MB so be sure to do it over a high speed connection. Gadway also let us know that the launch of PlayBook OS 2.0 will be a global launch and RIM is planning for the crazy load that will hit their update servers all at once from everywhere in the world. If you are updating from a device running the latest OS 1.0 you will have about a 400MB update and if you are just turning on a new PlayBook you are looking at about 500MB. This is because OS 2.0 is a drastic change of the kernel and not an incremental update.
While we are on the topic of international rollouts I asked Gadway if PlayBook OS 2.0 will come with more language support including RTL languages like Arabic and Hebrew and I am waiting to hear back. Hopefully that will be included in this release though he didn’t know off hand.
Let us know if there are any other questions you had about the rollout that we can try to get answered!