Big BlackBerry PlayBook software update coming as prices dip for the tablet

The 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook is the first device from RIM to run a QNX-based OS.

The prices are really coming down for some tablets in the later parts of Summer 2011. Now the BlackBerry PlayBook is getting affected at many retailers online, the tablet is available with a discount as deep as $112.89 on top online retail destination Amazon.com alone. However RIM isn’t getting to discouraged by the less-than favorable reception their 7-inch tablet has received, during the companies fiscal Q2 2012 earnings call a major update for the tablet and it’s QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS was tipped by executives.

The new update will be BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0 and it’s going to be sent out over-the-air to PlayBook owners shortly after the RIM DevCon conference for developers next month. In the new update RIM will be providing PlayBook owners with adds all the features they’ve been promising all summer native email, calendar and contact management applications apps as well as the Android app player.

However in addition to those features the update will also bring what RIM is calling the BlackBerry Video store, an unexpected but solid addition for the PlayBook which lacks Netflix and Hulu Plus applications, that will provide PlayBook owners with access to 10,000 movies and tv shows for rent and purchase on the first day of availability.

RIM clearly intends to continue supporting their PlayBook for the near future.

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