There are two things that have people (some of them, anyway) talking about the PlayBook OS 2.0 update coming in February 2012. First, it’s going to add the missing native BlackBerry email, calendar, and contacts apps. Second, the Android Player will finally make its debut, allowing users to run thousands of Android applications on BlackBerry’s tablet.
If you’re willing to install a beta version of OS 2.0, you can take an early look at the Android Player right now. Why bother? For starters, there are a ton of converted Android apps that you can load onto your PlayBook. And if you can handle a bit more hacking and root your PlayBook using Dingleberry, you can even install the Android Market and download Android apps directly onto your PlayBook.
We’ll have details on rooting the PlayBook and installing the Android Market soon, but for now let’s start with installing BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.
- Go to this page to register for beta downloads for RIM
- Find your PIN number. On your PlayBook, go to settings > about and then tap the drop-down menu and choose hardware. Your PIN will appear on the first line
- Enter your PIN and email address, check the box to agree to RIM’s terms, and then wait for the update notification to arrive on your PlayBook
- Install the update when the notification appears — if you’re waited more than 15 or 20 minutes and haven’t seen it, try registering again
When your PlayBook has rebooted, you’ll be able to install the converted apps that are indexed at PlayBook BARs.
Once you’ve got some BARs downloaded, the easiest way to install them on your PlayBook is by using the DDPb Installer (full instructions at the link).