• BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 just released

    Just got an email saying that OS 2.1 has just been released for the Playbook WiFi. It's an OTA update so wait for the update notification or go through the menus to update manually. Here's what's new:

    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.
    Anyone with a Playbook give it a try?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Playbook OS 2.1 just released started by howard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      I think everyone's waiting for BB10 and won't be satisfied until they get it. It's not bad, I guess the biggest improvement, for me any way, is being able to send texts from the PlayBook bringing it into line, finally, with BBM.

      All in all the PlayBook has matured into a superior business tool with functions the competition can only dream of. If what devs are saying in various forums is true then BB10 will at least make it a cutting edge leasure tablet too.

      Sent from my BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps using HowardForums
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      I got the upgrade today and everything was working great and I noticed that a few things were better after the upgrade.
      I had always had problems with my email. It would constantly disconnect and I also had that problem with the Facebook app always disconnecting. After the upgrade. I did not have that problem anymore.

      But now I have these vertical greyish steaks on my screen after I recharged it.
      I have shut it down a few times and rebooted it and the streaks are still there.

      Does anyone know if the streaks will be there constantly now.
      Very disappointing since my PlayBook always had such a beautiful screen up until this evening.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      My Playbook looks fine after the upgrade. No streaks
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      Thanks for your input, hopefully this will resolve itself soon.
      Love my PlayBook a lot.

      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      My Playbook looks fine after the upgrade. No streaks
    1. SnowyWhite's Avatar
      SnowyWhite -
      The streaks are gone now.
      Hopefully they will not be a problem again.
      I do love my PlayBook.
    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      Just noticed the boot up time is signifacantly quicker. Before it took an average 2:40-2:50 to boot up from off. That time has been reduced to 2:00 flat.
    1. Paolo's Avatar
      Paolo -
      I concur, definitely faster boot up time.

      Another thing, I heard you can use bb bridge over wifi now if both devices are connected to the same access point, but never actually got to try it out yet. anyone heard or had the chance to try bb bridge over wifi?
    1. migo's Avatar
      migo -
      I like it, improves usability a lot. qPDF is way better than Adobe Reader, but it's a pain to use when it runs in the 2.0 app player, with 2.1 you can't tell it's actually an Android App.

      Still some bugs in how it's handled, but it's definitely a worthy point upgrade.
    1. jattdesi's Avatar
      jattdesi -
      Apparently the upgrade is just for the regular WiFi playbook, there is no 2.1 For LTE Playbook.

      Sent from Telus's HTC Amaze 4G running on Shared HSPA+ Network
    1. quickbrownfox's Avatar
      quickbrownfox -
      For my Playbook, the latest 2.1 version 100-and-something is worse than the previous beta 800-and-something.

      I find that now there are videos I can't play any more because the media type is reported as unsupported. And the Flash player seems worse, with Youtube videos sometimes refusing to enter fullscreen. It also feels like something is making certain touches less responsive. For example, sometimes I have to touch the orientation icon or the power icon a few times to make them activate.
    1. Deafmented's Avatar
      Deafmented -
      Quote Originally Posted by quickbrownfox View Post
      For my Playbook, the latest 2.1 version 100-and-something is worse than the previous beta 800-and-something.

      I find that now there are videos I can't play any more because the media type is reported as unsupported. And the Flash player seems worse, with Youtube videos sometimes refusing to enter fullscreen. It also feels like something is making certain touches less responsive. For example, sometimes I have to touch the orientation icon or the power icon a few times to make them activate.
      Works great for me. I did a clean install since I was still rooted. The SMS Bridge is a welcome addition.
    1. quickbrownfox's Avatar
      quickbrownfox -
      Hmm... Maybe I'll do a factory reset and try again. Then maybe the clock app will start working for me too! I find I get more and longer checkerboarding in the web browser too. Really wonder what's going on.
    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      WOW! That browser's fast!