As we previously heard, RIM has officially released the OS 2.1 beta for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The new PlayBook OS 2.1 beta brings quite a few changes. Here’s just a few of them mentioned by RIM:

  • Each Android app will now run in its own window. This greatly improves the user experience and consistency among the other application runtimes.
  • Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps, allowing many more application types to work on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
  • In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK, so Android applications can include virtual items for sale in their applications
  • Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
  • Improved folder support including IMAP folder support
  • Improved HTML5 support, currently places PlayBook OS 2.1 in 1st place

The other 2.1 features will come full steam when the new OS is commercially released. The 2.1 Android SDK will be released in beta coinciding with the OS release, and the 2.1 Native SDK will be posted next week, with an update to the Adobe® AIR® SDK to come shortly after. Similar to PlayBook OS 2.0 beta, you will need to whitelist your PlayBook’s PIN in order to download OS 2.1 beta.