During BlackBerry DevCon 2011, Research In Motion released PlayBook OS 2.0 in beta form for developers. Users were promised to see the OS update during the summertime, which sought to bring PIM apps and native BBM to the PlayBook. However, RIM had trouble configuring the QNX-based system with BIS/BES. Nonetheless, we’ve heard that there is finally a native BBM working on BES. PIM apps are also testing at this point.
We also heard part of the delay was lack of Android apps. RIM has updated the Android app player in PlayBook OS 2.0 and are seeking to get a plethora of Android apps to port. Although, it doesn’t seem to be picking up as quickly as previously thought. Nonetheless, a new rumor to hit the interwebs from BGR, claims that consumers can expect PlayBook OS 2.0 to officially release on February 17th.
It will be interesting to see if RIM has anymore hangups. With releasing the new Android APK to PlayBook BAR file conversion tools, it should help snowball more Android apps to the PlayBook OS platform. As a consumer, if the rumor holds true, can you wait nearly 4 more months for PlayBook OS 2.0 to release officially?