An increasing number of people might be looking to recycle their mobile phones and get the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet after it was announced that the operating system will allow the device to receive email without being connected to a smartphone.
One of the main criticisms of the PlayBook – BlackBerry’s answer to the iPad – has been the lack of built-in support for email since it was launched last year.
A new unified inbox will allow users to mix work and personal email accounts, while the software will also allow people to have multiple messages open either in plain or rich text, which could be enough reason for people to sell their current mobile phone for the tablet.
Co-chief executive officer Mike Lazaridis of Research in Motion (RIM) – BlackBerry wireless device manufacturers – added: “We are leveraging our strengths in communications, social integration and productivity, to allow people to use their BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day.”
As well as this, RIM said a new operating system for its smartphone version 7.1 will be available from today (January 10th).
Posted by Peter Robinson