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PlayBook OS 2.0 Reportedly Launching February 21

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PlayBook OS 2.0

When Research In Motion’s PlayBook OS 2.0 was revealed early last month, rumblings suggested the update would hit sometime in February, although no specific date was given. According to N4BB, the date in question is next Tuesday, February 21.

We detailed RIM’s new tablet experience when the company unveiled the OS during CES 2012, and it looks like it’s finally ready for public consumption. In short, PlayBook OS 2.0 will offer native email, calendar and contact apps – features that quite frankly should’ve been included from the get-go. Unfortunately, N4BB‘s sources said BBM will be a no-show in the 2.0 update, though it can still be accessed through BlackBerry Bridge.

It’s a much needed step in the right direction for RIM. Let’s hope the company can keep it up and bring BBM to the PlayBook sooner rather than later. Once (if) the update hits, we’ll be sure to bring you an extensive hands-on.

[via N4BB]

Upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS screenshots leak

CrackBerry.com has acquired an internal email from RIM, which shows off the UI of their next generation OS, the BlackBerry 10. The hardware in the pictures below might be current the current 9860 but the OS is all new.


In this picture we can see the new homescreen, which is quite a bit different from the one we saw before. You can see large widgets on the screen that remind you of the live tiles in Windows Phone. And they are not static either and you can see information like weather, call information, album art and current location on a map on the respective widgets. There is also a new bar at the bottom that vaguely reminds us a bit of Nokia’s Belle OS.

Moving on, we have the application drawer here. Looking at the screenshot it’s hard to say which direction it scrolls in. We can’t find the usual tabs at the top of the drawer as in the current OS 7 either, so maybe RIM has gone for a single, long list. We can see new icons, as well as a folder that you can use to put icons in. It’s unclear how you invoke this application drawer from the homescreen.

Finally, we have an image of the in-call screen, showing a large picture of the caller on top and large touch buttons, including one for video calls, below.

Overall, the new BlackBerry 10 is looking quite promising. Unfortunately, there will be quite a wait before we could actually get our hands on it.