It’s good to see that RIM is still working on the BlackBerry PlayBook given HP’s recent decision to ditch the TouchPad. It’s also good to see that an update to the BlackBerry Tablet OS is near that should finally bring integrated email and calendar apps to the 7-inch tablet.
The information comes via a leaked screenshot reportedly showing the settings page for an updated PlayBook, which displays support of Exchange ActiveSync, IMAP, POP, CalDav and CardDav accounts. This is typical of most devices, however curiously absent from this RIM device is any mention of BlackBerry Exchange Server or BlackBerry Internet Server accounts. This suggests the PlayBook will not support RIM’s own service, which might not play nice with the tablet’s QNX-based operating system.
Following the update, BlackBerry PlayBook owners who still want to receive their secure BlackBerry emails may have to do so over BlackBerry Bridge, provided they have a handset to pair with the tablet. However, this is just a leaked screenshot, meaning BES/BIS support could be included at the time of the official update.
Also of note is another leaked screenshot of the PlayBook showing a green Android icon. It seems the Android app support PlayBook owners have been promised is still on track for a release.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard QNX and BES/BIS don’t mix. Earlier rumors indicated the QNX-based BlackBerry Colt handset would also not support BES for the same reason.
Rumors pegged the update for September, though the BlackBerry DevCon is in October, and that would be a perfect and high profile launch for the major OS update.