BlackBerry PlayBook OS Version now available

After a long beta process, Research In Motion has finally released a new version of its tablet OS for the BlackBerry Playbook. Today’s update brings the BlackBerry Playbook up to OS version  and includes a number of new features and improvements. Some of the new stuff requires the latest version of BlackBerry Bridge, so if you happen to have a BlackBerry smartphone, you might want to head over to BlackBerry App World and grab the latest version of that also. You can check out a list of the new features below.

  • Updated BlackBerry Bridge: Now you can view, respond and compose new SMS messages on your BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet when connected to a BlackBerry smartphone over Bluetooth®. You’ll also enjoy increased performance and speed of other BlackBerry Bridge functions as well. So you can do more, more efficiently. Txt away, my friends.
  • Email and PIM Enhancements: You’ve asked for it and we’ve delivered portrait support for email, calendar and contacts, giving you the option to use your tablet in either orientation to message. This will definitely come in handy for those of you who enjoy thumb typing in portrait mode like I do.
  • Improved Android Application Support: Includes Multi-Window Applications, Camera Support and In-App Payments. We all love a richer app experience, and with the improvements to the Android runtime, that’s just what you’ll get. Running the applications in separate windows allows you to multi-task between Android apps easier, and in-app payments will make it easier for you to enhance your app content. Game on!

Today’s update is for the Wi-Fi only version of the BlackBerry PlayBook. So If you are one of the very few people out there with a radio connected BlackBerry PlayBook you will have to wait a little longer for carrier approval of the update. For more information about the latest PlayBook update, visit the official BlackBerry Blog.