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Blackberry Playbook 2.0 Update is Available Now, the Time for Android Apps has Come

I have to be completely honest about this – the Blackberry Playbook may still be my favorite tablet. While the lack of apps and features at initial release killed it before it even got its start, the UI that RIM has put together on a tablet makes more sense than most. So when the 2.0 update for the device went live today, I actually got a little giddy.

If you are not familiar, the 2.0 update for the Playbook introduces native email, Twitter and Facebook integration, new home screen UI, a new keyboard, enhanced browser and more. Most importantly though, it allows users to run Android apps that have been ported over to Blackberry’s App World. So yeah, this tablet essentially just turned into an Android tablet, but with a better UI (in my opinion anyway).

I’m downloading 2.0 now and will hopefully have some hands-on time with it this afternoon. At $199 for the 16GB version, this may finally be worth your money if Android developers care to take the time to bring their work over.

  • Mkyj99

    I’m a huge Android fan but, Apple has everyone beat in the tablet war. Sucks for me to even say this but its true.

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      This war is not even started yet.

  • Mikel61101

    My son loves his Playbook and he’s 10yrs old. I will be upgrading to this tonight for him. And for the record he figured out how to use it before I did… And I work around this stuff all frickin day… lol

  • http://twitter.com/teardropcity teardropcity

    I’m a big Android fan,(wouldn’t be on this site If I wasnt) but I love my PlayBook. I’ve had the original 7 inch and the 10.1 Galaxy Tab, but the PlayBook UI is way better. Not all Android apps can be port ed to it, but the ones that can run way better than in the simulator.  For the 199 I paid, this is a he’ll of a tablet 

  • MKader17

    You ever do a review of the Playbook?

    I used it at Office Depot, but I was honestly a little confused by it.

    • David Henry

      I was confused when I used it too. Though I trust Kellex’s judgement, so my interest is officially piqued to try it again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002918282828 Christopher Grame

    Let Kellex post what he wants.  I’m glad to see a constant stream of news on this site or else it would get boring.  There isn’t always a Gnex coming out to be excited for…

  • waveGuide3e8

    Hopefully with the official update out, they will then focus on approving Android apps that have been submitted for the OS (and get us the free Playbooks) . Mine has been “Waiting on Test House” for a week without any updates.

  • Jeremy Lukan

    Telus in Canada was Blowing Out the 32GB units for $150. I don’t have mine yet, but I can’t wait to get it and try out 2.0.

  • ddevito

    Why don’t you just rename this site to blackberry-life.com?   :p

    /s

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Hah :P

      • ddevito

        My buddy has one, it’s actually pretty nice. 

    • Kr00

      Why? So you can troll there too?

      Just sayin

      • Balls

        hhahah so true

  • randompsychology

    I’ve used the Playbook OS 2.0 simulator with Android support for porting those Android apps. I can’t speak for the rest of the OS, but in my experience, the Android support is a little whacked. Granted, the simulator isn’t as good as a real device, but the apps in general didn’t seem to run terribly well. It also feels like you’re jumping from one system to another (which is true, I suppose), but it seems like they could’ve done a better job in making Android apps feel a little more like 1st class citizens.

    The other issue I’ve run into is that using the Fragments API to display multiple fragments simultaneously doesn’t seem possible. BB’s Android support is based on Android 2.3, so that may be the reason why. A tablet running a non-tablet version of Android. Figures.

    • waveGuide3e8

      I believe this is a problem with the simulator and not with the Android runtime. I encountered the same issue but the simulator just seemed buggy overall to me.

  • Doreen643

    Any chance this Android crossover will enable Android to Blackberry BBM?  (and of course BBM to Android?)

  • Phro321

    Thanks for your opinion. Maybe everyone else can get their own blog site in say what they want.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      They can actually. :P

      • Je49424

        I’m with you Kellex, love the new OS and I also believe that this is one of the best tablets available to date. I’ve had every android tablet I can think of minus the HTC flyer and any of the newer ones Recently released and have sold all of my tablets except the PlayBook. I even had the HP Touchpad, which was great, and I only paid $98 with case, touchstone and wireless keyboard all new. 

  • Michael_NM

    Something is wrong with my browser. I just went to Droid Life and found BlackBerry News. :D

    • New_Guy

      Hilarious =D!

    • Jmonteiro829

      LMAO!… awesome!!

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Blackberry users are tards stuck in 10 year old tech

  • beerme828

    For $200 you can get a (refurb’d) HTC Flyer from Newegg – best purchase I’ve made, especially with honeycomb on it.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I have both devices and have noticed that the Flyer lags like crazy because of the single-core processor + Sense combo. I like that tablet a lot too though (might be my 2nd or 3rd fav of them all).

      • AlexKCMO

         Just curious.  Where do the OG Transformer and Prime land on your list?

      • http://www.anishvshah.com Anish

        Just curious, which is your #1 and #2 fav. tablet?

      • blood

        And I’m just curious.