BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 will be released on February 21
Just as previously anticipated, RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 will arrive in February. February 21, to be precise. At 4:01 am (though unclear in which timezone), to be even more exact.
That’s the information that has leaked today courtesy of the image you see below. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is a big release. RIM’s second iteration of its new QNX-based OS for tablets finally brings untethered access to Contacts, Calendar, and Email. Previously, you could only use any of those apps on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet while it was tethered to a BlackBerry smartphone. This ‘innovative’ idea (that someone should have gotten fired for) is one of the reasons why RIM is in trouble at the moment. Or at least it demonstrates how any company can get even the simplest things wrong.
Anyway, OS 2.0 finally addresses that stupidity, so it’s all good news after all. Furthermore, the new OS version also lets you run Android apps natively, something which should contribute to better overall feelings towards RIM’s first tablet.
Apparently the PlayBook’s current pricing will remain permanent, with the 16 GB model going for $199, the 32 GB unit for $249, and the 64 GB SKU for $299 (though it’s unclear where this slide originated and, as a consequence, whether those prices are intended for the US market or for RIM’s native Canada). At these prices, and with the improvements that the new OS brings, we can see PlayBook sales finally picking up in the near future.