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RIM Details What PlayBook Features Work Over Bridge & Wi-Fi


Now this is a first from what I have seen in terms of documentation for Bridge. RIM has always been a bit cagey about what works over Bridge and what does not since it launched BlackBerry Internet Browsing Service (BIBS) over BlackBerry Bridge with OS 1.0.7. Now with OS 2.0 they have released a really nice chart that details what PlayBook native apps require a Wi-Fi connection and which can fully or partially work over Bridge and BIBS.



App World

Wi-Fi connection is required
Video Chat Wi-Fi connection is required
Music Store Able to browse catalog. Unable to download or play a sample song.
Kobo Books Wi-Fi connection is required
NFB Able to browse the catalog. Unable to play video.
Bing Maps Unable to find location when indoors.
Camera Unable to find location when indoors.
General Third Party Applications

May vary depending if application is specifically requires Wi-Fi.

Native Email

ActiveSync acounts are fully supported. IMAP/POP accounts requires Wi-Fi

That last one is the most interesting to me. I cannot understand why ActiveSync would work just fine over Bridge and not IMAP/POP… Maybe that is why my Gmail and Google Apps accounts are working since they can leverage ActiveSync. Any ideas?

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  1. Hmmm… All PIN should work over bridge for this to be a hit. .8000 maybe?

  2. Note True;

    Bing Maps Unable to find location when indoors. (Works for me after 2.0 update, did not before)

  3. Bing Maps works indoors — was on WIFI

  4. Next add text messages to bridge. Hate when I am bridged and get a text message. I have to reach for my phone. Anyhow nice improvement.

  5. The last one is a bit of a bummer since any decent IMAP server supports IDLE and compression… All the tablet needs to do is to keep the connection alive.

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