BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software update officially launched worldwide today. Here is PlayBook OS 2.0 features highlights:
All-New Built-In Functionality
BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 brings alongwith built-in email, calendar and contacts. With OS 2.0, you can now quickly manage all of your email accounts with a unified inbox, manage your schedule with new features like a People View of your day (which lets you quickly see everyone who is on your agenda for that day), and view your contacts as a social hub that contains information from popular social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Social Integration in Calendar
Built in calendar now pull in the information from social networks and make it available where and when you need it. “Contact cards are dynamically populated with the latest real-time information from your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts to create a consolidated view of your contacts most recent updates,” mentions Blackberry.
BlackBerry Bridge functionality allows you to use BlackBerry smartphone as a remote control for your PlayBook.
Open On functionality allows you to open your documents, photos and links from your BlackBerry smartphone onto your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with one click.
Visually Appealing and Organized
Taking a clue from the new email, calendar and contact apps, the Video Chat user interface has been enhanced. “Simply put, Video Chat on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet allows you to make and take video calls with your friends, family, and colleagues who also have a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. (Note: Both users of the Video Chat feature must be connected to the Internet for a chat to be enabled.) With just one click, you’ll be able to have virtual face-to-face conversations using the HD video cameras and stunning high-resolution screen on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet,” BlackBerry blogged.
Experience Video Chat on the Large Screen
The new Presenter Mode is designed to take advantage of the multitasking capabilities made possible by PalyBook Os 2.0. “For example, while you’re busy using the upgraded Video Chat, you could simultaneously click over and view your pictures, write notes, browse the web or play a game on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet,” explains BalckBerry.
“Presenter Mode is also a big convenience for business users. For example, let’s say you’re in a meeting room with a few people and you’re running a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet video chat with a colleague in a remote location. With Presenter Mode, you can project this video chat onto a big screen for better viewing, and then message or share slides and spreadsheets with the people in your conference room without disrupting the video chat.”
Video Chat for PlayBook now automatically discovers which of your contacts are Video Chat “capable” and displays their “availability” to Video Chat – no guesses and disappointments! “You can view, edit, and create new contacts for Video Chat directly in the Contacts application or in Video Chat application itself. Plus, with the new capabilities in BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, you can conveniently initiate a Video Chat directly from the Contacts application, while viewing the contact’s information details,” added BlackBerry.
Here is how to download / Update to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0?
On a new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, when you first time you set up the tablet you’ll automatically get updated to PlayBook OS 2.0 during the initial setup process.
Those already own a PlayBook, will receive a Software Update notification that appears on the status bar. Just tap “Update” to start downloading the Software Update. And, to check for a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet Software Upgrade manually, click here.
Tip: Whenever you are applying Software Updates or setting up a new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, leave it plugged in so it has a sufficient charge.
Here is how to manage Manage the new Home Screen?
After, restarting PlayBook with OS 2.0 update, a new customizable home screen with the new icon dock appears. Below the dock, you’ll find the icon panel. You can also create multiple panels as well as folders that give you the ability to customize how the apps on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet are organized. When you minimize an app, the carousel shows large thumbnail windows so it’s easier to read the contents of any apps you have running.
Note: 1) To manage the home screen and complete any of the steps below, you’ll need to be in “Icon Edit” mode. To get into this mode, touch and hold any icon or folder until it starts pulsing. 2) When you are finished customizing the home screen, tap on the background image to exit edit mode and save the changes.
- “Move an icon or folder: Drag the pulsing icon to the new position on the screen and release your finger.
- Move an icon or folder into the dock: Drag the pulsing icon onto the dock and release your finger.
Note: The icon dock has six slots. In order to add an icon, ensure a free slot is available. If no slots are available, move an icon off the dock before moving a different icon on to the dock.
- Move an icon or folder into an existing or new panel: Drag the pulsing icon or folder to the edge of the left or right side of the screen to move it to the desired panel. If a panel doesn’t exist, one will automatically be created.
Note: Empty panels are removed automatically.
- Create a new folder: Drag a pulsing icon on top of another icon. Enter a name for the new folder when prompted and tap “Create”.
- Move an icon into an existing folder: Drag the pulsing icon on top of a folder.
- Rename a folder: Open a folder then touch the folder name at the top of the panel. When prompted, enter the new name and tap “Rename”.
- Delete a folder: Tap on the Trashcan icon, then select “Delete”. Any icons inside the folder will be moved back to the current panel.
Note: Folders placed on the dock cannot be deleted directly. To delete a folder on the dock, move it off the dock first. Empty folders are automatically removed as well.
- Move an icon in a folder back to the home screen: While viewing the contents of a folder, drag the pulsing icon over the “X” that appears in the top left corner of the home screen. The display will change to the panel hosting the folder. You can then drag the icon to its new location.
Note: Empty folders are removed automatically.
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