As promised, Research in Motion on Friday released the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 beta for developers. The latest software update delivers three major enhancement to the Android Runtime, allowing access to the Camera hardware, sorting each individual Android app to run in its own window, and enabling in-app payments through the BlackBerry Payment SDK. The update also includes portrait support for the Email, Calendar and Contacts apps, along with full device encryption, screenshots saved in the PNG format, and improved email folder support, including IMAP folder support. The update will be pushed to eligible devices developer devices, and will roll out soon for consumers.


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