A couple of popular, recently released 7-inch tablets are getting new software updates today. The BlackBerry PlayBook and HTC Flyer will both be seeing upgrades, as their respective companies work to patch and improve the devices.
The BlackBerry PlayBook update, while not huge, fixes several features of the device and makes one major upgrade to charging the tablet. Meanwhile, the HTC Flyer update will vaguely deliver “improved system performance.”
BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 Details
For starters, the PlayBook can now be charged while ‘off’. Prior to this update, PlayBook users would have to have their tablet ‘on’ in order to charge it. With v1.0.5, the PlayBook will also alert users if they have plugged their PlayBook into an incompatible charger, and the battery indicator in the top right corner of the tablet will function similarly to the “start” menu on a PC, letting users shut down the tablet or put it in standby.
BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 comes pre-loaded with a new Facebook app that is optimized for the PlayBook, although the app can also be downloaded from BlackBerry App World. The new OS version also supports in-app payments.
Other updates include support for more languages, Wi-Fi hotspot detection, and an increase in the potential volume of headset audio. PlayBook’s purchased after June 6 will automatically come with v1.0.5, while existing PlayBook owners can download the over-the-air update by going to “Settings,” then “Software Updates” on their tablet.
HTC Flyer Version 2.00.405.3 Details
Other than the number of numbers denoting the version, the Flyer software update is not very specific. HTC has merely said that the update will improve the Flyer’s general performance, and has not said much else.
So, Flyer owners, you better hold on to your hats and prepare for some “improved system performance,” because the 2.00.405.3 update is available over-the-air starting today (June 7).