Research in Motion has released a new beta version of OS 2.0 for the BlackBerryPlayBook Tablet. You can register your Playbook to download OS 126.96.36.19911 at the BlackBerry website.
The new software is aimed at developers that want to test their apps before PlayBook OS 2.0 is available to the public. But the latest beta does include a handful of new features including support for predictive text and autocorrect while typing.
Some early users also report that apps run more quickly, and that Android apps they’ve loaded before updating continue to work in the Android App Player even after upgrading to the latest beta.
Unfortunately, like most major software updates, OS 188.8.131.521 removes root access. So if you’ve rooted your PlayBook with Dingleberry, you’ll probably need to wait for the developers to updating their rooting tools before you can re-root the tablet. Or you can downgrade to an earlier version of PlayBook OS.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet with a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1 GHz TI OMAP4 dual core processor and 16GB to 64GB of storage. The tablet launched last year with prices starting at $499, but now you can pick one up for as little as $249 (and sometimes even less).
$299 for a 64GB is hard to pass up–I do like the Playbook a lot. It’s very easy to hold and the browser is excellent which is what I use most on a tablet. However, Asus’ new 7″ with a Tegra 3 & HD screen for $250 is keeping me from pulling the trigger. I’m just not sure if RIM can pull it back and get their app market to where it needs to be–the TouchPad is enough experience with lack of apps for right now.
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