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BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS v1.0.3 Update Brings ‘Video Chat, BBM,’ and More!

At BlackBerry World 2001, RIM announced that an v1.0.3 of BlackBerry Tablet OS is coming to BlackBerry PlayBook tablet this week, that brings a bunch of new features to PlayBook, including a Video Chat application and BBM support via BlackBerry Bridge.

“Users who purchase and activate a PlayBook on or after Tuesday, May 3rd will automatically upgrade to v1.0.3 as part of the PlayBook setup process. Existing PlayBook users will be presented with a software update notification on the PlayBook status ribbon, or they can go check for the software update at any time in the settings menu under Software Updates. BlackBerry Tablet OS update must be performed over a Wi-Fi connection and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete,” informs BlackBerry.

Here’s the features:

  • BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat app enables video and voice over Wi-Fi calling between PlayBook in peer-to-peer or enterprise environments using your BB ID profile. Here’re some of the features:
    • One-Click Calls from your Video Chat contact list, log of recent calls or simply by entering the BB ID email address of the person you want to call.
    • Incoming Call Notifications pop-up when a new video call comes in, allowing you to accept the call as either a video or voice call, or decline the call. You’ll also have the ability to simply set the “Do Not Disturb” option and the PlayBook will automatically ignore all incoming calls.
    • Powerful In-Call Functions lets easily preview what your camera is seeing prior to placing the call to see the video feed you’ll be sending. You can also easily switch cameras from front to rear so your friends can see what you see, and for private moments you can mute/unmute audio or make or take calls using voice only.
    • Friends List lets maintain your contacts. A friendly name and a picture can easily be added to a contact to personalize the entry and a Call Log makes it simple to keep track of who called, as well as when and what calls were missed. Friends are added using their BB ID profile.
    • Video Chat Multitasking: video and voice over Wi-Fi chats can continue running in the background while you interact with other apps.
    • HDMI Video Chat: when in “Mirror Mode”, allowing you to output what is on your PlayBook’s screen to a larger HD television or monitor.
  • BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Support via BlackBerry Bridge include BBM (woot! Ed.). BlackBerry smartphone users with BlackBerry Bridge enabled can now mirror their smartphone BBM on the PlayBook’s large high-resolution display over a secure Bluetooth connection. BBM via BB Bridge features:
    • Full BBM Chat Functionality — Either one-to-one or multi-person chats.
    • BBM Status Updates let your friends know how you feel about your new PlayBook
    • Photo Sharing — Via the PlayBook or your BB smartphone SD card.
    • BBM Alerts will appear on the PlayBook notification ribbon.
  • Document Editing via BlackBerry Bridge. This means that documents sitting on your BB smartphone can now be accessed via secure Bluetooth connection, edited on the PlayBook’s large high-resolution display and then saved back to your BB smartphone. Here’re some important aspects of document editing via BlackBerry Bridge to note:
    • File Access – Access to your pictures, documents, spreadsheets and slideshows via either email over BBB or the BBB files app. With BBB, you can view photos and office documents and edit spreadsheets and text-based documents.
    • BlackBerry Internet Service Support – When bridged to a BB smartphone with a BIS service plan, users can select to either save their document locally on the PlayBook or back onto their BB smartphone SD card.
    • BlackBerry Enterprise Server Support – When bridged to a BB smartphone operating on a BBES, documents automatically get saved back to the BB smartphone SD card to help ensure corporate data is kept secure.
  • Home Screen Browser Bookmarks: Users can now quickly save a PlayBook Browser bookmark to the PlayBook tablet home screen for easy access. Select the browser bookmark from the home screen, and the PlayBook browser will automatically launch the webpage you want to see!

[Source: BlackBerry blog]

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