BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 screenshots leak, reaffirm BES revamp

By on August 26, 2011 at 5:45 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 screenshots leak, reaffirm BES revamp

Purported images from version 2.0 of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook OS have been published by a Chinese website. If authentic, they reaffirm several details about the upcoming OS — most notably, perhaps, is the platform’s lack of support for current versions of RIM’s BES enterprise email solution. BGR exclusively reported in early August that RIM has to rewrite its BES code in order to support the PlayBook’s QNX-based OS. As can be seen in the screenshot above, that rewrite is ongoing and as such, it looks like the next major tablet OS build will not support BES email despite finally adding native support for Exchange, IMAP and POP. Beyond that, another screenshot clearly shows an Android icon in the app menu, no doubt the Android Player RIM tablet fans have been clamoring for. Additional screenshots, including the one that shows RIM’s Android app player icon, follow below. More →

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Early build of RIM’s Android App Player for the PlayBook now available thanks to leak

By on July 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM.

Early build of RIM’s Android App Player for the PlayBook now available thanks to leak

N4BB recently spotted a link to RIM’s Android App Player for the BlackBerry PlayBook in the change log of a software update, and the website has posted access to the early build of the software that should allow Android applications to run within the PlayBook’s QNX environment. This version of the App Player is not intended for public release, so you’re installing a version of the app that is likely still in an early development stage. N4BB gave it an early whirl and said the software lacks a back button, though users can swipe from right to left in order to go back, and the site said it “lags a bit.” Even though we enjoyed RIM’s initial taste of what the App Player will be capable of, BlackBerry PlayBook owners will probably want to wait until RIM releases a final build before jumping the gun. Hit the jump for a second image of the player and, if you’re so inclined, a link to download the software. More →

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RIM shows off Android apps, native email app on BlackBerry PlayBook [video]

By on May 4, 2011 at 6:08 PM.

RIM shows off Android apps, native email app on BlackBerry PlayBook [video]

Following the close of RIM’s BlackBerry World 2011 conference, the Waterloo Ontario-based cell phone maker on Wednesday issued two video demos showcasing forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook features we’ve been very anxious to see. Of course we already wrapped things up with a slightly more interesting exclusive, but current (and future) PlayBook owners will definitely enjoy watching RIM execs show off the tablet’s upcoming native email client as well as its Android app player. The Android player looks very smooth for pre-release software, and the email app has a great UI that should be very familiar to tablet users. We can also get a quick taste of the PlayBook’s upcoming native contacts, tasks and calendar support in the videos, which can be viewed after the break. More →

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