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RIM pledges to continue in the tablet sphere

Mike Al Mefleh says company is committed to introducing more in the tablet market

Mike Al Mefleh, regional product manager for RIM told ITP.net that  the company is committed to the tablet market.
Mike Al Mefleh, regional product manager for RIM told ITP.net that the company is committed to the tablet market.

Research In Motion has confirmed that it is going to continue with the BlackBerry PlayBook and is committed to tablet technology, Mike Al Mefleh, regional product manager for RIM told ITP.net, although he was unwilling to say whether there was a new PlayBook tablet in the pipeline.

"We are committed to the tablet technology and offerings, and what we have offered so far, it is not the end. We are committed to the tablet market, we are committed to continue to introducing further and more, whether in the existing offering or even introducing new offerings," he said.

Research In Motion yesterday launched the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, designed to improve and expand on several areas lacking on the previous OS, issued with the BlackBerry PlayBook.

"Building on the BlackBerry tablet's proven enterprise, multi-media and multi-tasking strength, BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 basically introduces a range of new key features. It is something our customers have been waiting for and we have taken time to ensure that we deliver the right quality on that," said Al Mefleh.

The new OS introduces a native integrated email client with unified inbox, allowing users the option to have all messages consolidated into one inbox, for example if a customer has installed Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as their personal and business email accounts, they can view them either separately or as a unified inbox.

The client is designed so that once it is synchronized with the chosen social networking and email accounts; it will download new messages whenever it can connect to a network.

"Within the email we have also introduced Bold, Italic and Underline, so as simple as it sounds this is not available with competitors," said Al Mefleh.

Research In Motion has also improved the social network integration in the BlackBerry OS 2.0, adding calendar and contacts apps that are able to harness both calendar and contact information from social networking.

Users' contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from social networks.

RIM also introduced an update to the BackBerry Bridge app in the PlayBook OS 2.0, which now allows users to utilise their BlackBerry smartphone as a remote to control certain aspects on the PlayBook.

OS 2.0 now features improved mobile productivity, allowing users to update and edit documents, as well as having new print and go apps, and increased control and manageability of the corporate data.

There is now an updated virtual keyboard with auto-correction and predictive next-word completion, which learns how to type.

The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 now integrates a wider range of apps and content.

"We are offering thousands of new apps being added to the BlackBerry App World, which also includes a range of Android apps that can run on the BlackBerry Playbook. Access to android apps gives far more value to the customers for them to be able to have their favourite apps," said Al Mefleh. "We are still also committed to developing native Flash applications on the PlayBook and we have introduced a number of these for our customers."