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RIM brings 1.0.7 software update to PlayBook

New BlackBerry OS update brings additional support for email attachments, ZIP files and extraction, picture-viewing and video-zooming

Through the official BlackBerry Blog, Research in Motion (RIM) has announced today the 1.0.7 software update for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, available now.

The 350MB update adds additional support and features to the tablet, including .zip file support through the BlackBerry Bridge app and the ability to save email attachments to SD cards. Saved pictures can also now be viewed in portrait or landscape mode, although we feel that should have been included from the start. Videos, however, now support pinch zooming for viewing finer content details.

Just as important, the update includes support for an additional 15 languages, including Swedish, Russian, Polish, Romanian and Norwegian.

For existing PlayBook owners, the tablet should be receiving a software update notification for the user to respond to. Otherwise, all PlayBook tablets activated on or after July 13th, 2011 will automatically update themselves to 1.0.7 through the setup process.

First released in the U.S. on April, the 7-inch BlackBerry tablet includes a 1GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 CPU with 1GB RAM and front and rear cameras. The tablet was unfortunately criticized for its lack of native calendar and email support at launch. Now, current rumors are suggesting that the WiFi-only model is going out the window in favor of a 3G- or 4G-enabled variant.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-19 (Update: 2012-05-26)