CES 2012: RIM Introduces Email For BlackBerry PlayBook

One of the major failures for BlackBerry PlayBook has been that it had no native email. You had to plug it with a BlackBerry phone and only then you could send an email. This obviously disgruntled the users greatly since all other major tablets offered email service. However, this may change now. RIM has now introduced native email for BlackBerry PlayBook through BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. 

Now you no longer have to connect your BlackBerry PlayBook to an external phone to send an email. In BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0, RIM has introduced a native email. RIM’s Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said that, “with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 we are building on this strong foundation, as well as leveraging our strengths in communications, social integration and productivity, to allow people to use their BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day.”

The inbox for PlayBook will be such that users will be able to read and scroll across multiple emails at the same time.Users will also be able to mix work and personal email accounts. The lack of native email on PlayBook has been one of the major drawbacks of the tablet and it contributed hugely to it’s failure. Now with the availability of a native email, one can hope that RIM will do better on the tablet market.

Another important announcement RIM made at CES 2012 was that ¬†from today onwards, a new smartphone OS for it’s smartphone, version 7.1 will be available.

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

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