RIM releases BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1


Image: By BiztechAfrica
RIM releases BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1

RIM has released BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1. This update, which is available for the Wi-Fi-only BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, offers a range of new capabilities and security features for consumers, enterprises and developers.

With PlayBook OS 2.1, customers will now have the ability to:

  • Secure all data on the tablet; the enterprise-grade encryption can now be extended to secure personal data stored on the device
  • Text via SMS using the new version of BlackBerry Bridge (version 2.1) customers can send a text from their PlayBook through their BlackBerry smartphone; the new version of Bridge is available on BlackBerry App World
  • Use the Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps in Portrait mode;
  • “Print” documents from a PC to a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the Print To Go app even if the PC and tablet are connected to different networks

Additionally, PlayBook OS 2.1 offers new features that simplify the deployment of the tablets in the enterprise with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion.  These include over-the-air enrollment to the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion server, support for ActiveSync certificate-based authentication, and additional IT Policy controls.

For developers (and consumers), the In-App Payment system now extends to Android applications.

The update is now available as a free over-the-air download. Customers will automatically get a notification of the update on their BlackBerry PlayBook, or they can tap the gear icon (in top right corner) and check for the new version under “Software Updates”. 

Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus


Ukulima application wins Orange Developer challenge

An agricultural solution, Ukulima, has emerged the top project out of 300 submitted to the Orange Developer Challenge. Read More

AppsAfrica.com Innovation Award Winners 2015 announced

Ten winners of the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2015 supported by Uber, Mobile Monday South Africa, Appsworld and Picup, were honoured at a celebration of African mobile and tech ecosystem innovation this week. Read More

FastNet announces Africa’s first dedicated M2M network and IoT developer academy

FastNet, a subsidiary of Telkom SA SOC Limited, has announced the launch of the FastNet IoT Academy.  Read More

MTN Business Mind-2-Machine adjudication process underway

An expert panel has started judging the submissions of talented local app developers competing in the MTN Business Mind-2-Machine challenge.  Read More

Airtel Ghana announces App Challenge winners

After a challenge contested by 82 teams, three teams have emerged as the winners in the Airtel App Challenge in Ghana. Read More

First Steps Venture Centre presents Young Entrepreneur Millionaire Project

Botswana Innovation Hub will tomorrow present the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Thapelo Oplopeng with the first candidate for the Young Entrepreneur Millionaire project initiated by the Minister recently.  Read More

SAP to bring digital literacy to 20,000 youth with Africa Code Week

SAP has announced the start of Africa Code Week, a continent-wide initiative to spread digital literacy and simplify access to coding education for young people. Read More

SA Digital Natives win top prize at first Women Hackers Unite Hackathon

South Africa’s Cortex Hub has announced the winners of the inaugural the WomenHackersUnite Hackathon that recently took place at the East London Industrial Development Zone.  Read More

Vodafone to promote Ghanaian apps on new Vodafone app store

To encourage the development and growth of local apps in the country and also place the Ghanaian App on the global scale Vodafone Ghana has officially launched its local App store that showcase lots of local Ghanaian applications.  Read More

Safaricom opens M-PESA platform to developers

Safaricom has opened up its M-PESA platform to allow local and international developers to come up with next-generation applications that will work with the most preferred mobile money solution. Read More


Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks Unlimited


eCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile eCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile

The Executive Chairman of Alltel has urged operators of eCommerce in Ghana and Africa as a whole to take advantage of the current trend for Africans to trade online via their mobile handsets. 


Nigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says WoodNigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says Wood

Telecoms executive Adrian Wood speaks to Kokumo Goodie about investment potential in Nigeria.