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Massive RIM PlayBook OS update could be coming later this year

The supposed 2.0 firmware should be bringing in a host of new features in one large update

Software updates for the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook have been infrequent to say the least. The last update was back in mid- July with the release of firmware 1.0.7. According to CrackBerry, RIM could be keeping a large update up its sleeve for a release before the end of the year.

The source is claiming that the big update will be dubbed a “PlayBook 2.0 re-launch” due to all the features it will bring to the tablet. Some of these features will supposedly include UI tweaks, iOS influences, the promised full-feature Android App Player and the elusive native email and calendar clients that have been suspiciously missing since the launch of the PlayBook in April.

As for why RIM could prefer a massive release rather than a number of smaller updates, the company may be hoping that the 2.0 update would bring more media attention back to the tablet. This “second chance” for the PlayBook could increase sales and “kickstart some new momentum,” predicts CrackBerry. The latest earnings report from RIM showed mediocre sales performance from the PlayBook tablet.

Exactly when the update will arrive is still unknown, but its official announcement could come during the BlackBerry DevCon in mid- October. Existing PlayBook owners may just have to wait a little bit longer for that landmark 2.0 firmware.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)