BlackBerry is showcasing a whole host of BlackBerry software enhancements, including previews of the coming BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software, the new BlackBerry 7.1 OS update, NFC, and much more at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas.
The new BlackBerry 7.1 OS make discovering new things - and sharing those discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues - easier than ever before. Plus, it comes with updated apps including: BBM, BlackBerry Traffic, and BlackBerry Travel.
The BlackBerry 7.1 OS update has begun rolling out from carriers around the world. Here are the features highlights:
- "Mobile Hotspot: Turn your BlackBerry 7.1 OS device into a Wi-Fi router anywhere, anytime! The new OS seamlessly provides Internet access for up to five Wi-Fi devices, including laptops and tablets.
- Universal Search: For this new release, we wanted to focus on the intelligence of our system and our apps - in other words, we wanted to create an intuitive experience that does the thinking for you. For example, Universal Search now has a new auto-suggest feature that that intelligently filters Bing search results to offer you a variety of relevant Web sites based on your search terms.
- BlackBerry Tag: Share contacts, media and files, and even invite friends to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) through a simple touch. BlackBerry Tag unlocks near field communication (NFC) capabilities for everyday use and makes sharing a lot faster and much more personal.
- Wi-Fi Calling (where available): With BlackBerry 7.1 OS, you'll be able to make Wi-Fi calls using your carrier's Wi-Fi calling service (aka UMA-lite or GAN-lite). Wi-Fi calling allows you to save your talk time minutes and make phone calls over any Wi-Fi network. Not all carriers offer such a service so check with your carrier for availability.
- FM Radio: 7.1 OS update will let BlackBerry Curve 9360 and 9380 smartphone customers enjoy FM radio. The Curve models include a built-in FM radio so you can tune in to local FM radio stations. Simply plug in your headset to boost the reception (it acts as the antenna). Plus, no data usage or data plan required!
- BlackBerry Maps: When you launch the new BlackBerry Maps you'll be able to discover special offers, coupons and discounts from nearby vendors - and, of course, you can act instantly by calling about the deal, finding the best route to get there, or grabbing the coupon code," revealed BlackBerry.
BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, offers an advanced messaging experience, deep integration of social relationships, powerful pairing functionality between BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets, improved mobile productivity, and of course, new apps and content - including support for the Android App Player within the OS.
To learn more, check out the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 videos diving a little deeper on PlayBook OS 2.0:
"With the BlackBerry Bridge functionality included in OS 2.0 and the BlackBerry Bridge update for BlackBerry smartphones, the relationship between your BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook tablet will be brought to a whole new level," the company said.
With the new BlackBerry Bridge features that help your smartphone and tablet work together, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers new and unique experiences.