BlackBerry Playbook Gets A Software Update; Adds Some Nifty Features!

RIM (Research In Motion) has started rolling out a new software update for its first ever tablet the Playbook. The new software update brings some performance enhancements and stability improvements.

The update also includes an updated Facebook book application, optimized for the Playbook. With this update, Playbook users can also charge the tablet whilst it’s fully powered off. The tablet will also display an error if an incompatible charger is used to charge it.


RIM has also added a small but handy power menu, when a user taps on the battery icon. The power menu provides users with options to shut down, restart or put the Playbook on Standby mode, along with a brightness slider.

The update also brings in-app payments support to all Playbook compatible apps. RIM has also updated the developer tools with support for in-app payments.

Aside from the changes stated above, the video call quality has also been tweaked, with support for TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT).   Some additional language support for the tablet has also been included.

Sadly, this update does bring the much awaited Mail app to the Playbook. Until the next update arrives, Playbook users still need to use their BlackBerry handset to sync mails between these RIM devices.

Blackberry Playbook Now Available for $499

The Blackberry Playbook, which was announced months ago, is finally available for purchase. The Playbook has been priced at $499 for the 16 GB version, $599 for the 32 GB version and $699 for the 64 GB version, just like the iPad 2.

The Blackberry Playbook was made available to many reviewers a week back, and most of them didn’t like it very much. Though it is a very good attempt, it just can’t beat the iPad 2 yet. The iPad 2 is not only bigger, but also offers about 65,000 apps, while the Playbook offers almost none.

Blackberry Playbook

Without a native calendar, email client or the promised Android app support, currently, it’s not a very good option. However, with some updates and more apps, it should offer a good alternative to the iPad 2.

The user interface is very good and fluid, and it excels at multi-tasking. Here’s a hands-on video of the Blackberry Playbook at CTIA 2011.

The Blackberry Playbook come with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM, and comes with a 5 MP primary camera which can record 1080p video and a 3 MP front-facing camera for video calls. It offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS support as well. Now only if it had a lot of great apps, it would be worth the price.

RIM PlayBook Will Run Android Apps; But You Should Not Get Excited About It

RIM announced its tablet, the PlayBook, back in September last year. The PlayBook is based on QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor.

Late last month, rumors popped up on the Internet that the PlayBook will be capable of running Android applications along with apps made for it.  Today, RIM has confirmed that the PlayBook is capable of running Android apps as well as BlackBerry Java apps.


The company will launch two optional app-playerswhich will provide run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and Android v2.3 apps. The company will also release the tablet’s native SDK so as to allow developers to start making apps for the tablet OS.

Now, this piece of news may have got a lot of future PlayBook customers pretty excited. However, there is a very big problem here. The PlayBook will provide a run-time environment for Android apps made for the mobile version of the OS (Gingerbread/FroYo), and NOT the tablet version of the OS (Honeycomb).

This means that the Android apps may not run properly, may appear stretched out and pixelated and will not be able to make use of the extra real-screen estate offered by a tablet. Until and unless, an Android app has been made keeping in mind both the tablet and the mobile version of the OS, users will face the above said issues.

Ultimately, users who will be using Android apps on a regular basis should buy an Android Honeycomb based tablet, and NOT the PlayBook.

Blackberry Playbook Hands-on Videos

The ; a 7 inch tablet from RIM will be out soon. The tablet was featured at the CTIA 2011 and I got a good chance to play around with the tablet.

Blackberry PlayBook

I must say that I was pretty impressed with the tablet and definitely look forward to it’s release next week. The interface is fluid and smooth. I addition to that, the tablet is a multi-tasking powerhouse with live widgets that will continue to play in the back while you launch other applications.

For example, if you are playing a video and switch to another app, you can still view a live feed of it in the apps panel. The same goes for games, emails, and practically every app.

To know more about the feature take a look at the PlayBook hands-on video I shot at CTIA 2011. Click here or here if you can’t watch the videos.

BlackBerry PlayBook To Be Launched On April 10th

The technology blog, BGR, reports that the first BlackBerry tablet is all set to be launched on April 10th 2011. The tablet, called BlackBerry PlayBook will be sold at retail locations for $499. Recent speculation about the features BlackBerry PlayBook will include, has increased its anticipation and the most recent announcement about it being able to run Android apps in addition to the BlackBerry apps has also surprised users.

However, a new war front started brewing today due to significant similarities between PlayBook’s OS and the WebOS that Palm introduced back in 2009. HP’s director of product marketing for their TouchBook commented that “there are some uncanny similarities” between the two OSs. Research In Motion, the makers of BlackBerry, have also issued a response to HP’s comment, explaining that “we set out from the ground up to define a user experience that we felt would delight our customers, and we landed in a place that may look like other competitive devices”.

RIM has recently been heavily criticized for not being innovative enough with its products and if the new PlayBook follows the same course, it may very well be the last nail in RIM’s coffin. The company, which at one time created world’s most popular smart phones, is struggling quite a bit to compete with iPhone and Android phones that give users more power and features. Moreover, with every technology company trying their hands on creating a tablet, the competition in this newly created niche is already fierce with no room for mistakes.

Blackberry Playbook 16 GB Priced at $499

The Blackberry Playbook is supposed to be one of the strongest competitors to the Apple iPad and the slew of Android 3.0 powered tablets which will launch in a couple of months, barring the new HP Touchpad, which was announced yesterday.

It was unveiled months back by Research in Motion and will be available soon. However, we still didn’t have any official word on the pricing of the Playbook. It was speculated to be priced at $399 for the 8 GB version and at $499 and $599 for the 16 GB and 32 GB versions respectively.

It seems that the pricing was right. A leaked image reveals that the Blackberry Playbook is priced at $499 for the 16 GB version and will be available by the end of March at Office Depot. The pricing is quite good, especially when compared to the Motorola Xoom which is priced at $800.

Blackberry Playbook Price

The Blackberry Playbook comes with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. It comes with a 5 MP and a 3 MP camera with support for 1080p HD video recording. It also offers Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. It will run a new tablet OS based on the QNX architecture.

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5 Tablets To Look Forward To In 2011

While 2010 was supposed to be the year of tablets, it did not turn out to be. The only two noteworthy tablets that launched in 2010 were the iPad and the . iPad went on to become a runoff success for Apple, just like the iPhone.

However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.

Apple iPad 2

Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the . It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.


iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.

What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.

RIM Expects to Sell 1 Million Playbooks in Q1 2011

Research in Motion has apparently ordered shipments of close to 1 million Blackberry Playbook tablets. Quanta Computer has begun production of the tablets, and RIM expects to sell them in Q1 2011.

RIM plans to launch the Playbook in March with a 3G version coming later. Honestly, 1 million Playbook sales seem a bit too ambitious now, with a flood of Android tablets coming soon.

Even Motorola expects to sell about 800,000 Xoom tablets, but that is more realistic, as Android is a much more popular OS than the QNX based OS in the Playbook. Even HP plans to launch a webOS tablet soon and Apple may launch the iPad 2 in April.

Blackberry Playbook

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RIM Releases Another Blackberry Playbook Video Showcasing Flash and HTML 5 Capabilities

RIM has released yet another video of their tablet, the Blackberry Playbook. It has been launched right before CES 2011 starts, before all the Blackberry Playbook buzz is drowned out by the slew of tablet launches.

Blackberry Playbook

It showcases the Blackberry web browser which has both Flash and HTML 5 video capabilities. They have also demonstrated how well Flash works on the Playbook, using Flash games on Facebook.

It is way better than the iPad, atleast as far as Flash content is concerned. The web browser seems great and is very fast and responsive.

Check out the Blackberry Playbook Web Fidelity video here.

via Blackberry Blog

Blackberry Playbook Pricing Revealed; Starts At $399 For 8 GB

The Blackberry Playbook was unveiled by RIM (Research in Motion) almost 2 months back. It will run the new Blackberry Tablet OS based on the QNX architecture. It sports some pretty impressive hardware including a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and will come in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB variants. It also has a 5 MP camera with a 3.2 MP secondary camera and sports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 etc.

The pricing details of the Blackberry Playbook haven’t been officially revealed yet, but most analysts expect the price to around $500, the same as the Apple iPad.

Today, some details about the pricing of the tablet have been leaked, which state that the Blackberry Playbook will be priced at

8 GB: $399
16 GB: $499
32 GB: $599

All the three variants will have the exact same hardware specs, except for the storage. All the models will be Wi-Fi only but can be tethered to Blackberry devices for connectivity.

Blackberry Playbook

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