RIM rolls out PlayBook update 1.0.5 with improved Facebook integration

RIM is rolling out a new update for the PlayBook and you have to admit they are doing a good job at updating the device, now let's bring on the apps.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

Even though I am disappointed that it is taking so long to get some great apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM has been good about updating the software on the PlayBook. I received an email from their PR team stating that BB Tablet OS version 1.0.5 would be coming soon and within a couple of hours it was available and installed on my own PlayBook. Others could learn from RIM how to announce and then roll out updates.

This latest update provides the following with a bit more on the details on the BlackBerry Blog:

  • Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook -- The first Facebook app optimized for tablets now comes preloaded and introduces new features including video uploading, message deletion, Facebook search enhancements and more
  • In-App Payments Support -- Enables developers to create apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook using the BlackBerry Payment Service, which will allow users to purchase enhancements within apps such as another level in a game or a new edition of a magazine
  • Additional Language Support -- Updates language support to include: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and UK English
  • BlackBerry PlayBook Charging Enhancements -- By simply touching the battery indicator on the BlackBerry PlayBook home screen, users can easily adjust the screen brightness or choose to restart, turn off, or put the tablet into standby mode. Other charging improvements include the ability to charge the PlayBook while it is turned off, as well as an on-screen alert to notify users if they accidentally have plugged in an incorrect charger into their BlackBerry PlayBook
  • Video Chat Connectivity -- Adds support for the TURN (Traversal Using Relay NAT) protocol, which enhances Video Chat connections between users on home, public and enterprise Wi-Fi networks
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Detection -- Automatic Wi-Fi hotspot detection in the BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 makes it easier to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot (at a coffee shop or an airport, for example)

The Facebook app is a major improvement and so far I also like the new charging and battery pop-up functions.

If you purchased a new PlayBook starting yesterday then this update will appear in the startup process. Other can wait for it to appear on their devices or just go into your settings and tap to check for a software update.

Speaking of software, I have been waiting anxiously for a Twitter client and finally found one that does a decent job on the PlayBook. Blaq for PlayBook is available now for $1.99 and in my opinion is worth it. I like the way you can swipe away a detail pop-up by swiping from left to right (essentially "throwing it" off the page).

A few other apps I recently discovered and enjoy using include:

  • NavitaTranlator: Translates text into speech and looks great for world travel.
  • RIDGID Digital Level: A slick level app with support for the camera.
  • Spot the Difference game: I like these and have fun playing them with my 11-year old daughter.

What great apps have you discovered for the BlackBerry PlayBook?

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