RIM updates PlayBook with BBM, Video Chat, and Home screen bookmark shortcuts

Summary:The PlayBook seems to get better every few days and the latest update adds several new features and also improves the web browser.

I was expecting lots of PlayBook news from BlackBerry World this week and RIM didn't disappoint as they provided BB Tablet OS update late last night. As pointed out on BlackBerry.com blog this update provides BBM via the Bridge, Video Chat, document editing via the Bridge, and Home screen browser bookmarks.

I had to upgrade both my PlayBook and the BBM client on the BlackBerry I am using to gain BBM access via the Bridge so if you don't see it make sure you have everything updated. I'm not a long time BB user so I need to find some BBM friends before I can really get into using BBM on the PlayBook. My favorite new feature is the ability to designate my bookmarks as Home screen shortcuts like RIM did out of the box with Twitter and Facebook. I now would like to see some more organizational support for the Home screen, such as more categories and maybe folders and subfolders too.

What is your favorite new feature in this PlayBook update?

Topics: Enterprise Software, BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility, Tablets


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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