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RIM launches upgraded PlayBook operating system in India

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 12:00 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Canadian BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM), battling tough competition from Apple's iPad, Friday launched PlayBook OS 2.0, an upgraded version of the operating system for its PlayBook tablet, in the Indian market.

"The upgraded version has people-centric calendar and a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded app and content support," said Ranjan Moses, carrier product manager, RIM.

"And with this we see a huge uptake happening."

Asked about the slow take-off of BlackBerry PlayBook in market, Moses said: "Any new technology that comes takes a bit of time. Its just that now we need to look at how we are bringing the device into the market."

The smartphone maker has been struggling to gain significant market share since April last year when it launched the tablets. RIM shipped 150,000 PlayBook tablets during the quarter ended November.

In comparison, Apple sold over 15.43 million iPads during the quarter ended Dec 31.

The new operating system features integrated e-mail solution where users have the option to use a unified inbox consolidating all messages from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as personal and work emails in one place.

The OS also provides improved mobile productivity with updated document editing functions and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry Balance and is available for free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.




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