We have been hearing for quite awhile that RIM is getting really close to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1. The 4G BlackBerry PlayBook also seems like it is right on the verge of launching (any day now!). If you needed another sign for PlayBook OS 2.1 then look no further than the latest leaked spec sheet scored by Bla1ze @CrackBerry. This spec sheet details quite a few features including some that we have not seen in the developer builds of OS 2.1. This includes:
- Software updates are no longer mandatory during setup. The customer can choose the best time to update for them.
- Setting Up WiFi connection is no longer mandatory at setup
- Software updates can be done over a cellular network (4G models only)
- Portrait Mode can now be used with the Email, Calendar, and Contacts App
- Greater flexibility and control over which folders are wirelessly synced when using Active Sync
- Full access to IMAP Email folders
- The BlackBerry PlayBook now gives you the ability to conduct a video chat over 4G Cellular Networks (Some Carrier Restrictions May Apply)
- Print To Go – Now you can send content to your BlackBerry PlayBook even if it’s not connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Android Apps will now run in individual windows rather than being lumped into one Android Player Window.
- Apps which require access to the camera are now supported
- In-App Payments can now be submitted. Buying that next power-up in your game is easier than ever!
- Video Store is now available in Canada. Thousands of movies and TV shows, new & old, available on demand to rent or buy New releases available same day as DVD
- Text Messaging is now supported with BlackBerry Bridge. When Bridged you can read, send and receive text messages on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
- When Bridged, and connected to WiFi, the BlackBerry PlayBook automatically sends and receives data over the WiFi network to decrease cellular data usage, and increase performance.
Its nice to see the PlayBook getting a nice OS update shortly. I am hoping there will be some more ancillary applications to go along with it but some of the updates, including full access to IMAP folders and SMS over bridge, will be greatly appreciated by PlayBook owners.
Anyone want to hazard a guess as to when it will launch?