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BlackBerry PlayBook software update lands, not BB10

Luke Johnson


BlackBerry Playbook
BlackBerry Playbook

Following the recent BlackBerry 10 release, BlackBerry has issued a new software update for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, although it is not the BB10 overhaul promised by the Canadian manufacturer.

Bringing a host of new features to the out-of-favour tablet, BlackBerry has confirmed that the BlackBerry PlayBook update has launched today with owners of the ageing iPad mini and Google Nexus 7 rival now able to access the recently rebranded BlackBerry World app and content store.

With in-app purchases also introduced, the newly launched BlackBerry PlayBook update has added a selection of bug fixes and improvements to the tablet, with browser and audio performances bolstered whilst users of the largely forgotten device can now use SMS over bridge.

Whilst the latest BlackBerry PlayBook update has failed to fulfil on the BlackBerry Z10 manufacturer’s promise to introduce its latest BB10 OS to the 7-inch, bezel-heavy device, the Canadian company has not yet missed its extremely loose time frame for the in-demand update.

Earlier this year, Rob Orr, BlackBerry’s Vice President of Product Management stated: “At some point after launch we’ll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes.”

BlackBerry, formally known as RIM, is widely expected to expand its tablet contingent in the near future, with a BlackBerry PlayBook follow-on tipped to be formally unveiled at BlackBerry Live in May.

BlackBerry PlayBook Specs

Released back in 2011, the BlackBerry PlayBook failed to front a strong attack on Apple’s dominance of the tablet market with the iPad range.

Measuring in a 10mm thick and 425g in weight, the somewhat dated BlackBerry PlayBook specs sees the tablet play host to a 7-inch 1024 x 600p resolution LCD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and the option of Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus cellular connectivity options.

With a 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera and a second, 3-megapixel snapper up front, the BlackBerry PlayBook features list is rounded off by the option of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of integrated storage.

Do you have a BlackBerry PlayBook? What do you make of the latest software update? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: TechRadar


February 14, 2013, 9:23 pm

I have a 64 gig Playbook. I love it and I hope BlackBerry keeps their word about the BB10 update. Please keep your promises BB. If not, then my next phone might be something else...


February 15, 2013, 4:16 am

Have Apple and Droid but love Playbook, the best amazing tablet ever!

Mike Gadd

February 15, 2013, 11:49 pm

These are comments I posted on another site. Take a look at the links interesting things going on. The latest PB update does make it appear faster the keyboard improved, but not sure if the bridge is as stable but not had it long enough. Just waiting for OS 10 but I think perhaps the Playbook has always been half way there already with QNX OS that is what the new Blackberry runs on so in that repect the PB was ahead.

I bought my wife an Ipad3 which she loves and it is the only computer/device she has been able to show any interest in.
I have always been a bit tech and have a desktop, Dell Duo Laptop/tablet (flip touch screen), Nexus 7 and now a Playbook which I use in conjunction with my company Blackberry Bold 9900.

So how does the Playbook compare to the Ipad, both work well and would be rated 5 stars in the area's they are designed for.

Both have ease of us, both have good screens both have plenty of apps (has anyone ever loaded 400,000 apps on Ipad or Android device) if people were honest I bet they use 10 at most.
I do not think the number of Apps should even be a consideration. Do a search on the internet on how people use their Ipads. I am sure this is true for other devices.

What I like about the Playbook over the Ipad,
1. Multi Tasking
2. Gestures (no constant pressing a button to change apps)
3. Blackberry Bridge (with my bold connected it is superb)
4. HDMI output - this works great with any TV, it uses the full screen (not like IPad) no extra accessories (only cable, not like the Ipad) it can also use the Bold's touch screen and keypad for input.
5. The size - Ipad have just woke up to this with the Ipad Mini.
6. The build - as good as the Ipad if not better.
7. The price - recent discounting gives you 4 64gb Plybooks for 1 64gb Ipad.
8. The mini usb port far more friendly that the Ipad (Apple cannot even stick to one format).

I think the Ipad is great but has it limitation, the Playbook is great and combined with a BlackBerry Bold it is a great business tool.

On balance I think the Playbook wins out just on the points above but I am always open to persuasion.

I hope this helps anyone wanting to choose.

I have not mentioned the Nexus 7 but it is good and a treat for those that like to change things all the time, with the correct firmware it is the fastest tablet, but not for the faint hearted.

For those that think Rim is dead, take a look at this blog, smart phones and tablets are a small part of their business and possibly a testing platform for other things?http://seriousmobile.wordpr...
Beware of that parking meter in the future. I bet their are more parking meters that Ipads?


February 16, 2013, 2:42 pm

Like most Playbook owners I can't wait for the BB10 OS. But that said, the latest update makes the browser really fly. This tablet continues to be among the most powerful and stable now available though it still gets little respect.

Ray Konecsni

February 20, 2013, 8:53 pm

I also have an iPad (4) and a Playbook. I have had the Playbook longer and love the device. Aside from not needing to use iTunes to load movies and music on the Playbook, the gestures makes maneuvering and multitasking a breeze. Far more productive than the iPad. I have bluetooth keyboards for both, I have to give the iPad bluetooth keyboard the nod though (Logitech Ultraslim), The keyboard is great on it and I have started using the iPad for notetaking in meetings and such. I still carry both when I travel, using the Playbook for personal email and social networking. Sadly, my Torch died in September and I moved to an iPhone 5 (regretting that decision) which works well with the iPad 4 (which I use a lot for IOs texting and business emails). One word of advice - don't drop the iPad. I did, cost me $200 to replace the glass. I have dropped the Playbook a couple times and it is far more resistant to damage.

Danny Bigd Potter

March 2, 2013, 5:34 pm

I have seen little to do major differences from the latest PB update, excluding faster bootup from restart and slightly more stable browser and flash player. But i have tested an iPad and a CNM Andriod ICS device and the PB outperforms both for browsing and playback. I cant wait for the BB10 update for my PB. PB all the way!!! :-)


March 14, 2013, 10:42 am

not happy with the z10 and playbook bridge. i feel like i have lost features in the upgrade to the z10. i hope the new bb10 os arrives soon.


March 20, 2013, 6:27 pm

I'm browsing on my PlayBook right now, and love it.. It's a wonderful little machine. In terms of hardware build, blackberry make the best products.

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