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How The PlayBook BlackBerry Bridge Works on BlackBerry 10


I was very glad to see RIM continue its BlackBerry Bridge solution with BlackBerry 10 but they have made a few tweaks that users will notice. First of all the BlackBerry 10 Bridge has a limited subset of features of the previous version. Now that the PlayBook already has its own email/contacts/calendar client and it getting upgraded to BlackBerry 10 shortly there have been some changes.

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The Bridge on BlackBerry 10 gives the PlayBook the ability to:

  • Access files on both the BlackBerry 10 device and SD card
  • Access the internet through your BlackBerry 10 device over bridge when the PlayBook does not have a Wi-Fi connection available
  • Access your corporate intranet if you have your device on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

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The Bridge also allows the BlackBerry 10 smartphone to:

  • Act as a remote control mouse and keyboard for the PlayBook including gestures
  • Have an easy next and previous presenters remote

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In short you can now use your BlackBerry 10 smartphone as a wireless remote for a BlackBerry PlayBook media center or presentation. 🙂 I can definitely see some awesome use cases for this.

This is the message you now see if you go into the bridge folder once you bridge your PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 device.


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  1. It’s a shame to lose some functionality (I use Bridged BBM regularly, and memos & tasks occasionally) but it’s more of an annoyance and not totally unexpected. Hopefully BB10 on PB isn’t *too* far away. As long as the kept Bridged internet access, that was the biggie.

  2. Wow…that’s kind of a deal breaker for me. I have corporate access to email via my 9900. I have personal email tied to my Playbook. So I bridge for those instances I want to view corporate email/calendar on the Playbook. Current firm IT policies only allow for email accounts to be programmed into the 9900.

    I know my instance maybe a special case but this was really the reason I decided to go with the Playbook. If that feature is truly being discontinued, I might as well do the Apple Mini.

  3. Ronen, how would you compare the Playbook’s horizontal carousel app paridyme with BB10’s vertical paridyme? I think I might miss swiping between apps.

    • Its a different style but it works nicely. The PB concept wouldn’t work well on a phone with just a thumb

      • Actually, you got me there! Yes, you are right, but I still like the PlayBook concept better still, but I understand the compromise. The BB10 concept just seems limited to 8 running apps. This does not scale well compared to the PlayBook.

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