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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0

You no longer need BlackBerry Bridge for messages, calendars, and contacts! These apps also are quite feature packed as well!

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update now available!

The BlackBerry PlayBook finally gets a much needed update with the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. This is a massive upgrade which brings a lot of core functions that a lot of users were looking for when the PlayBook first shipped last year like standalone messaging (e-mail), contacts, and calendars. We took some photos of the new features after we downloaded it on our PlayBook. Check them all out below! Don’t forget to read the captions for the details.

Contacts

Integrated Contacts. It will unify the social accounts of your contacts in one place. Facebook, Twitter, Mobile, etc.

Messaging

Unified Messaging App! Check your e-mails from different accounts as well as your messages from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter all in one place!

Improved App World

App World has a new interface! Much easier to use. They also have new apps making the PlayBook experience much better. Suddenly it's not that gimped anymore.

Calendar

The Calendars App is gorgeous. Looks very clean, organized, and makes you want to be OC about your schedule! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Folders

Folders! Yay. See the Games Folder at the left? ๐Ÿ™‚

More Apps!

PlayBook now has a lot of games including PVZ, Angry Birds. More apps to come since they're planning on porting Android apps.

There are several other new features added with BlackBerry OS 2.0 that we weren’t able to test. For one there’s the BlackBerry Bridge upgrade. You can actually use your BlackBerry phone as a remote control now for your PlayBook. For the complete feature list check out The Verge.

Verdict

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 should have been what was inside the PlayBook when it first launched last year. The native applications lets more people enjoy the tablet as a productivity tool and the more robust App World gives it more entertainment and media options. If you own a PlayBook then you should definitely download this update ASAP. If you don’t own one then you might want to consider buying since the prices are quite low these days (especially if you know where to look) and I’d like to think you’d be getting a sweet deal given this massive software update.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime heโ€™s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime heโ€™s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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