RIM released BlackBerry PlayBook Update that is BlackBerry PlayBook OS version 188.8.131.520 Beta for developers.
The updated version adds some interesting new Android functionality to BlackBerry PlayBook. This new version now supports Android apps running in their own windows, improving compatibility with the general Android app universe.
There are three major enhancements to the Android Runtime in 2.1.0:
- 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.
Moreover this newer version also has features like Improved HTML5 support, Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts, Improved folder support including IMAP folder support, Full device encryption support to secure whole device and personal partition and PNG format for screenshots.
The new version seems like a bit of a dead end but it’s nice with Android functionality getting fleshed out more concretely.