Survey for Playbook Feature Request From BB Beta Zone
I think this is new but just received a survey from BB Beta Zone with the following message. Not sure if anyone's going to read it, but I'm hopeful...
Anyone else receive this today? I've been a Beta Zone member for a couple of months now and this is the first time I got it
Tablet OS - Your Feature Requests
We've put together a list of the Beta Zone PlayBook community's top suggestions for the future of the Tablet OS. In this survey, we'll ask you to weigh in on them and let us know which are the most important to you. You can of course suggest extra features.
We also have a few brief hypothetical questions we want to run past you about notifications and BlackBerry Bridge.
Your responses to this survey are helping a great deal in deciding the future of the Tablet OS platform! Every response will be used (anonymously), and every comment will be read.
The survey will take you 5-10 minutes.
Click Next to begin.
Edit: will post screenshots as I go through survey, in case others are interested in the types of questions BB is asking.
Edit 2: Adding screenshots of survey questions to entice more people to sign up and answer the questions!
Last edited by Mureed; 10-24-11 at 02:49 PM.
- CrackBerry User
10-24-11, 02:41 PM #6On the topic of receiving software updates, how would you prefer to receive updates to your BlackBerry PlayBook?
- 45 Posts
- Frequent updates (one per month) with a few new features or improvements.
- Less frequent updates (one per three to four months) with many new features or improvements.
- I have no preference.
- Other Please Specify:
Last edited by mythdraug; 10-24-11 at 02:45 PM.
- 10-24-11, 02:56 PM #10
Just took the survey & wonder exactly what this means for OS2 update. The survey closes on the 31st of Oct. and then they'll start figuring what features to include? Am starting to agree with some that the update is farther away than we had hoped.
Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
- 10-24-11, 03:01 PM #11
Just completed the survey.
Its a well thought out survey. All playbook owners should register on the Beta Zone and complete the survey. Better to tell RIM directly what you want instead of ranting on forums.
- 10-24-11, 03:04 PM #12
For me the biggest (and only WOW) would be to release all these features, however, that is probably not going to happen in the initial 2.0 update.
- 10-24-11, 03:04 PM #13
What version of BlackBerry Tablet OS are you using on your tablet? To check, open Settings->About.
2.0.0.* (developer beta)
I don't know
On the topic of receiving software updates, how would you prefer to receive updates to your BlackBerry PlayBook?
Frequent updates (one per month) with a few new features or improvements.
Less frequent updates (one per three to four months) with many new features or improvements.
I have no preference.
Does the BlackBerry PlayBook meet your expectations as a BlackBerry product?
I don't know / No comment
Rate from 1 to 10:
Print FROM the PlayBook to a printer
Print TO the PlayBook from a computer (paper replacement)
BlueTooth Stereo support (play PlayBook music through other speakers)
Cloud storage provided by RIM
Support for cloud storage by other vendors
3G / 4G connectivity
DLNA server support (push media to other DLNA devices)
DLNA client support (receive and play media pushed FROM other DLNA devices)
USB Host mode (for connecting USB devices like control devices or storage devices to the PlayBook)
Connect to network storage drives or shared folders (i.e. NAS/SAMBA)
Management of a PlayBook by a BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server)
Using BlackBerry as a remote Keyboard and Mouse for the PlayBook
Access to SMS messages using Bridge
Access to MMS messages using Bridge
Ability to launch links on the PlayBook from the BlackBerry using Bridge
Ability to Bridge to multiple BlackBerry devices at the same time
Transfer files back and forth between a Bridged BlackBerry
Browser bookmark management (folders and sorting)
On-page text search in Browser
Bezel scrolling in the browser (slide your finger in the black bezel to scroll the page)
View PDF files directly in the Browser
Password manager in the Browser (to remember passwords when enabled)
Additional smilies / emoticons
Home screen folder organization for apps
Customized panes/pages for apps
Universal search (search web, your apps, your messages, & settings, all from one place)
Global volume control in the top ribbon (by the clock)
Global spellcheck and autocorrect
Arrow keys on the virtual keyboard
On-device file management (move/copy/delete/folder organization)
'Extended Desktop' function for HDMI, to have a different app on each screen
Notifications by blinking LED light
App scheduler (launch an app at a specific time)
Additional language support for the UI
Cross-platform Video Chat (i.e. Skype or custom app for other platforms)
FLAC audio codec support
Native BBM on PlayBook
Native Email, Calendar, and Contacts applications (with IMAP/POP3/ActiveSync support)
Native fully-featured Office applications
Access to BBM Groups on PlayBook
Native Twitter integration
Fully functional Android Player (to launch Android apps on PlayBook)
Netflix application, or Browser support for Netflix streaming
BlackBerry Maps (with online maps available over Bridge or Wi-Fi)
BlackBerry Maps (with offline maps, for use anywhere)
BlackBerry Protect for locking and locating your PlayBook remotely
An application to purchase or rent movies and TV shows
Then there was some questions on Bridge.
- CrackBerry Addict
10-24-11, 03:20 PM #18
- 620 Posts
I take it as a good sign, if they ask the questions, they are willing to consider the answers.
Vote with your feet. As someone said, some of the features are already in the beta, even with the OS2 apps removed. If I see autocorrect, Native BBM, Email and PIM this side of Christmas, I would be happy.
- 10-24-11, 03:28 PM #19
I take this as not being good at all as it implies that none of this stuff is ready now, and they want to know what to put priority on. Its the stuff everyone has been wanting for a while now and we thought most of it was coming with 2.0. This type of survey should have been done long ago, not in late October. I hope I am interpreting the timing of the survey wrong.
- 10-24-11, 03:56 PM #22
I have a (cautiously) strong feeling that many of these features are in the works, if not completely done. Obviously they only included essential "development tools in the 2.0 beta so that users are not distracted by the consumer products that will be there in the official version.
RIM is currently using the developer beta to hammer out final details of the third-party apps side of things. While their implementation seems to be unorthodox... Some of it makes sense.
Though, I am really hoping that they are further along than this survey implies. Only time will tell, I guess.
- 10-24-11, 03:58 PM #23
I did a quick count on how many of these feature requests are already available today on the iPad and Android tabs. Out of 47 feature requests, iPad already has 26 of them and Android tablets have 33.
That's quite a large gap to leapfrog.
- 10-24-11, 04:52 PM #25
here is my comments to them on my survey. those of you who can add comments, think about writing suggestions to RIM...
along with almost all of the features within this survey, a few i think would greatly benefit the playbook and RIM in terms of the blackberry experience is:
* since its been established that the playbook has more than just a home button (bezel gestures), gestures for customizable tasks would greatly be useful. perhaps a few fairly simple gestures customizable to do different things or launch different apps.
* side scrolling of pages (not just web) using the bezel. while im not sure if the hardware is capable, scrolling using the bezel would give much functionality and prevent content onscreen to be blocked by users' fingers while scrolling
* maybe an option for different wallpaper for each orientation. also, a wallpaper section in the control panel for allowing the user to browse to a file or image at a URL (to download the picture to use) as opposed to only pictures in the album library
* keyboard should not need the global language dedicated as the language can be changed in control panel, instead maybe separate the symbols and add a alt key similar to smartphone keyboards.
* since tablet usually means less thumb typing, either shift the bottom rows over like laptop keyboards or add a split keyboard (see ergonomic keyboards and see iOS5 iPad keyboard splitting) for better thumb typing.
* aside from internet tethering included in the beta OS, compatibility for use of such apps like tether (Tether BlackBerry, Tether Android | Tether.com) to have the playbook identify itself as pc type browser (like blackberry smartphone browsers did previously)
* since bridge requires both devices to be within the vicinity of the other, using the keyboard on a qwerty device to control the playbook keyboard should be native. this includes uses of autotext used on the phone.
* two spaces shall and forever will mean the end of a sentence.
* seeing as how the playbook is a extension of a blackberry smartphone, it would be very neat to have a phone player of some sort to run your smartphone apps on the playbook...same idea as running playbook on hdmi, maybe phone to playbook.
* allow use of custom tones for alarms or at the very least increase the selection of tones. also, the alarm should have the option to ignore global volume.
* two spaces shall and forever will mean the end of a sentence.
* not only dictionary/auto correct, but auto capitalization is a must. especially for a "professional grade tablet" , no spelling aids to catch mistakes is inexcusable.
* forward deleting Del key or feature
there's more but off the top of my head these are things that would be greatly appreciated and would definitely draw more customers in due to features already available that would make the playbook a better all-around device for consumers
RE: bridge notifications
since there is no option to choose both regarding the question about 1 or 2 below, i would like to say that the option for easy set configuration of both should be provided. some people get a ton of mail and would hate to see the notifications pop up and cover everything. for those who expect less mail or are waiting for urgent mail/messages, a summary would be spectacular.