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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(Marketwire -01/09/12)- (CES 2012) - This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM - News)(TSX: RIM.TO - News) will be previewing new features of BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 that will enable customers to stay even more connected and productive in their personal and professional lives.

    "BlackBerry PlayBook is already recognized for delivering powerful performance, true multi-tasking, advanced web browsing and HD multimedia in an ultra-portable design," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 we are building on this strong foundation, as well as leveraging our strengths in communications, social integration and productivity, to allow people to use their BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day."

    CES 2012 attendees who visit the BlackBerry booth at CES (South Hall 3 Booth # 30326) will get a sneak peek of upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 functionality including:
    Advanced Messaging Experience:-- New unified inbox - a powerful unified inbox within the built-in messaging app allows users to quickly manage their personal email and work email accounts as well as the messaging capabilities of popular social networking sites like Twitter®, LinkedIn® and others - all in one place.-- Multi-tasking within email - by extending the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's multitasking capabilities to 'tabbed email', users are able to reference one email while they compose another.-- Rich-text email composing and editing - new features within the Messages app enable users to benefit from full support of fonts, formatting and editing of email threads, offering a robust email experience similar to that of a PC or laptop.-- Inbox management tools - allows for powerful inbox search across multiple email accounts, as well as the ability to set out-of-office messages and email signatures directly from their tablet.Deep Integration of Social Relationships:-- Innovative people-centric calendar - in addition to standard calendar features that help users plan and organize their day, the powerful built-in Calendar app provides the unique ability for users to view their calendar by who they are meeting with that day and review valuable information about that contact. Information is consolidated automatically from social networking sites about that contact and/or their company.-- Relationship-centric contacts app - more than just an address book, the new built-in Contacts app serves as a social hub - merging and consolidating information from multiple sources (including email and social channels) into one contact file for each person in their address book. Each contact file includes information such as recent status updates, conversations, related news articles and mutual contacts that are kept up-to-date automatically.Making Your BlackBerry Smartphone and Tablet a Powerful Pair:-- Remote control for the BlackBerry PlayBook - new BlackBerry® Bridge™ features allow a user's BlackBerry® smartphone to act as a keyboard and mouse for their BlackBerry PlayBook - effectively providing a wireless remote control for their tablet. Perfect for pausing a movie when a BlackBerry PlayBook is plugged in to a TV with an HDMI connection, or for using the tactile QWERTY keyboard on a BlackBerry smartphone to compose a message or document on the BlackBerry PlayBook.-- Opening content on the BlackBerry PlayBook - BlackBerry Bridge allows you to take documents, emails, multimedia files and web pages found on your smartphone and open them quickly and directly on the BlackBerry PlayBook so you can use the larger high resolution display for an optimized viewing and editing experience.Improved Mobile Productivity:-- Updated document editing capabilities - updated Documents To Go® functionality makes it easier for users to create and edit documents while on the go. Improvements include: enhanced support for the virtual keyboard, the ability to view and update embedded charts and chart sheets within spreadsheets, a new formula wizard with over 100 functions as well as the ability to edit presentations including text, bullets and formatting.-- Print To Go application - this app allows users to wirelessly "print" from their laptop or PC directly to their BlackBerry PlayBook over Wi- Fi®. A digital printout is created on the BlackBerry PlayBook so that users can view, sort and manage their digital printouts as though they were physical sheets of paper. The Print To Go app is the perfect way to consolidate info from various related sources like a hotel web confirmation, an airline boarding pass email, the show event schedule or even a map of the destination city and make them available for quick access on the go.-- Increased control and manageability of corporate data - the combination of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and BlackBerry Balance will help to overcome many barriers to widespread tablet deployment, including device manageability and the ability to secure, manage and control confidential corporate information on the device. Plus BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 supports dedicated shelf space inside the BlackBerry® App World™ storefront to allow IT departments to control distribution of enterprise applications and to make those approved enterprise applications easily available to the organization's end users.New Apps and Content:-- Your favorite apps plus thousands more - many exciting new applications built for the BlackBerry PlayBook will be made available on BlackBerry App World with the availability of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. From gaming and lifestyle to business and productivity, RIM is showcasing some of the latest apps available for the BlackBerry PlayBook at CES 2012 including Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Groupon, Thomson Reuters, Zinio and many more.-- Video store - a catalog of thousands of movies and TV shows will be available through the integrated BlackBerry Video Storefront(i) with new releases to be made available for purchase or rent the same day they come out on DVD. Users will be able to begin watching media as soon as they start to download the file, so users won't have to wait for the entire file to transfer before they can enjoy great entertainment on the tablet's high resolution display, or on an HDTV via the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet's HDMI output.-- Enhanced web browsing - the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 browser also includes a new reading view, which is designed to make web sites even easier to enjoy by eliminating page clutter at the touch of a button. What's left is a cleaner format that is great for reading online news articles, blog posts, or websites that contain heavy amounts of text.
    Availability

    The BlackBerry® PlayBook OS 2.0 software update will be available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook users and is expected to be available in February 2012.

    (i) BlackBerry Video Store will initially be available in the United States. Support for other countries is expected to be added later this year.
    01-09-12 07:48 AM
  2. pmccartney's Avatar
    Thanks

    Here is the Link (for easier on the eyes reading.)
    RIM Previews BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 at CES
    jntrup, Nels, starman011 and 3 others like this.
    01-09-12 07:54 AM
  3. StringsOdeath's Avatar
    No USB reader support

    Not a single other thing there that I want or need .
    Dont use or own a BB phone.
    01-09-12 07:57 AM
  4. StikiGreenZ's Avatar
    Wow, sounds promising. It's the first time I've seen so much detail on 2.0.
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    01-09-12 07:59 AM
  5. homer1475's Avatar
    Love the bridge remote feature they are adding. Lets all just hope it is released on time and actually working without numerous updates.
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    01-09-12 07:59 AM
  6. alnamvet68's Avatar
    ...and who said the Playbook is dead???
    01-09-12 08:04 AM
  7. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Did anyone see A2DP in all that....not to be greedy or anything, I'm glad for the upcoming upgrade, but I didn't see anything concerning streaming music
    Willard814 likes this.
    01-09-12 08:06 AM
  8. StringsOdeath's Avatar
    Did anyone see A2DP in all that....not to be greedy or anything, I'm glad for the upcoming upgrade, but I didn't see anything concerning streaming music
    grooveshark.com works great for me right now on the PB, not sure
    if it meets your needs though.
    01-09-12 08:08 AM
  9. Betmen's Avatar
    I hope PB sale go thru the roof !!!!!
    01-09-12 08:08 AM
  10. homer1475's Avatar
    Did anyone see A2DP in all that....not to be greedy or anything, I'm glad for the upcoming upgrade, but I didn't see anything concerning streaming music
    Doesn't the current beta allow A2DP? Thought I read somewhere that it did? Don't personally own a BT headset(last one broke and have yet to buy a new one.) so I can't test it to be certain. If its in the current beta, I would almost assume it would be included.
    01-09-12 08:09 AM
  11. xandermac's Avatar
    Awesome! We discussed using a BB as a PB remote about a year ago, glad to see it appeared!
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    01-09-12 08:13 AM
  12. barskin's Avatar
    I love the sound of that video store!!
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    01-09-12 08:14 AM
  13. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Yes, A2DP is currently in the beta, but I'm an official OS kinda guy. I do like what I read, and the Blackberry phone remote sounds KOOL, I can barely wait for the update, lots of new GOODIES
    01-09-12 08:18 AM
  14. Betmen's Avatar
    Awesome! We discussed using a BB as a PB remote about a year ago, glad to see it appeared!
    What does that mean exactly and how does it work? Help
    I hope someone can explain it in simple terms
    01-09-12 08:20 AM
  15. mccs's Avatar
    it would be awesome if RIM pulled an "oh, and one more thing" and made it all available for download before February...
    01-09-12 08:22 AM
  16. JasW's Avatar
    Leaving A2DP out of 1.0 was such a huge oversight that I wouldn't expect RIM to draw attention to that, uh, screw up by mentioning it as a "new feature" for 2.0. With the notable exception of the Kindle Fire, everyone expects A2DP on devices now anyway.
    01-09-12 08:22 AM
  17. BaconMunch's Avatar
    Spellcheck and language support? haha lots of great news in there, but there's alot more basic things that I hope are in there and give the PlayBook that BlackBerry feel.
    01-09-12 08:23 AM
  18. kyleheney's Avatar
    Pretty surprised there's no mention of Android apps... kind of a big feature in OS2...
    01-09-12 08:24 AM
  19. jivegirl14's Avatar
    Exciting stuff!
    01-09-12 08:24 AM
  20. Stuckmojo's Avatar
    Pretty surprised there's no mention of Android apps... kind of a big feature in OS2...
    Absolutely this. I hope it's in there.
    01-09-12 08:26 AM
  21. anthogag's Avatar
    It stated Zinio is one of the app demos...look's like they (and many others) planned to release with OS2

    Also, I think National Geographic might have an app for OS2.
    Last edited by anthogag; 01-09-12 at 08:38 AM.
    01-09-12 08:28 AM
  22. homer1475's Avatar
    Pretty surprised there's no mention of Android apps... kind of a big feature in OS2...
    With the way its being used on the beta, I can't imagine it being left out. I'm also surprised it's not mentioned at all.
    01-09-12 08:28 AM
  23. jedibeeftrix's Avatar
    Pretty surprised there's no mention of Android apps... kind of a big feature in OS2...
    < pretty surprised there isn't much in there (just email plus contacts) for non-BB phone users.

    all this device integration is wizzo for sure, but [I] want a functional tablet regardless of other BB hardware i (don't) possess!
    01-09-12 08:30 AM
  24. Bye Berry's Avatar
    Being able to use your Blackberry phone as a keyboard, mouse, and remote control is super cool. The people without BB phones might want to run out and pick one up for this feature alone. Typing on a tablet sucks.
    01-09-12 08:33 AM
  25. barskin's Avatar
    With the way its being used on the beta, I can't imagine it being left out. I'm also surprised it's not mentioned at all.
    I think this statement, "New Apps and Content:-- Your favorite apps plus thousands more.." is code for Android apps.
    01-09-12 08:35 AM
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