RIM’s floudering PlayBook tablet is constantly updated with minor maintenance updates, but they need something bigger. Introducing: PlayBook OS/QNX 2.0. The images after the break give a quick glimpse into what RIM’s next major update for the PlayBook’s QNX-powered OS will look like (spoiler: pretty much identical).
The real improvements come by way of the native email, calendar and contacts apps as well as the inclusion of the Android app player. But what’s most interesting to note is that an image depicting the settings page for email shows that users can add Exchange ActiveSync, IMAP, POP, CalDav, and CardDav accounts. RIM’s BIS and BES services are not included. (At least not in the screenshots currently available.) On top of that, the BlackBerry Bridge apps for Bluetooth tethering to your BlackBerry phone are still present.
It’s been mentioned that the upcoming QNX-powered BlackBerry Colt — the first QNX “superphone” — won’t feature BIS/BES support due to underlying issues with the core setup of said services. Seeing the same effect trickle over to the PlayBook is quite surprising given RIM’s enormous reliance on BIS/BES services, though certainly not unheard of.
Unfortunately, the images above end up creating more questions than answers.