RIM is finally ready to make good on its BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 promise and detailed the specific improvements it will bring to its PlayBook tablet.
As previously stated by RIM, the OS update will finally bring a native email client to the PlayBook tablet, a feature sorely missing at its launch in early 2011. The app will support tabbed email browsing and the multitasking the QNX-based tablet is known for, and it will function as a unified inbox for both work and personal emails, as well as social media content from Facebook, Twitter, and the like. Perhaps best of all, it will have a rich text editor for full formatting, and it will offer signature creation and auto-response capabilities, just like a desktop client.
A new calendar app will also be included with the update that will allow users to sort appointments by contact, and review contact information culled from social networks and past email messages. Essentially, it creates a calendar contact personal dossier.
Another cool feature tied to BlackBerry Bridge will be the ability to use a BlackBerry handset as a sort of remote control for text entry, navigation, and media control. In addition, smartphone content is now available on the PlayBook when connected, not just email as with previous versions.
Other improvements include embedded charts in Documents to Go, wireless printing with Print to Go, and greater IT security control. RIM will also offer movie downloads through the BlackBerry Video Storefront, and a reading view for the PlayBook browser.
The update is schedule to go out in February, but TabletPCReview is at CES and will experience it first-hand this week. RIM made no mention of the Android app player, nor did they address BBM, so we’ll be sure to ask about them when we meet.