BlackBerry PlayBook 2.1.0 Beta for Developers Launches

by Volker Weber

Today we are releasing a beta of BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.1.0 for developers to test their applications with. - There are three major enhancements to the Android Runtime in 2.1.0:

  1. Each Android app will now run in its own window. This greatly improves the user experience and consistency among the other application runtimes.
  2. Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps, allowing many more application types to work on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
  3. In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK, so Android applications can include virtual items for sale in their applications.
For those of you wandering around the rest of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 beta, you’ll notice a few extra enhancements geared towards end users such as:

  • Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
  • Improved folder support including IMAP folder support

There is more, like the latest webkit browser, full device encryption, screenshots in lossless PNG, etc. Whitelist your device here to get the beta OTA.

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