PlayBook 2.0 update rolling out now

Research In Motion has rolled out its update to the PlayBook, adding a host of new features including Mail, Calendar and Android app support.

The 2.0 update, which has slipped more times than a clown on a trip to a banana factory, had been promised for February and finally RIM has delivered.

It brings native email, contacts and calendar support - something that has been missing from the device since its launch in 2011.

The update also adds the ability to run Android Apps from developers who have submitted amended code, although we've yet to test that out.

This release couldn't come at a better time for RIM. PlayBook sales are still flagging compared to other tablets on the market, forcing UK retailers to drop the price to £169 in recent months as consumers refuse to embrace the BlackBerry tablet.

We have just started putting the new update through its paces, so you can expect some hands-on shots and impressions soon.

RIM has stated that the following will be updated:

Integrated email client with unified inbox including support for messages from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as personal and work email accounts.

Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps means that contact cards to be dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.

Updated BlackBerry Bridge app now promises to make it easier and quicker than ever to take documents, web pages, emails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook for an optimized viewing and editing experience. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook. 

There is also updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry Balance. There is also an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how you type to enable faster, more accurate typing.

Android apps support and a new BlackBerry Video Store is launching today. Enhanced web browsing capabilities are also available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.

Have you downloaded the update? If so, what's your first impressions? Let us know in the comments below...

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