First Look at BlackBerry PlayBook Native Email, PIM Apps; Coming “This Summer”
RIM recently demonstrated the much-anticipated native e-mail, contacts and calendar applications for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, at the company's BlackBerry World Conference. CIO.com's Al Sacco shares images of the apps.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Research In Motion (RIM) showed off the upcoming native e-mail and personal information management (PIM) apps for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the first time this morning, including calendar and contacts, at its annual BlackBerry World Conference in Orlando. And the company says the native PlayBook apps should be available sometime this summer.
The BlackBerry PlayBook was released last month and the tablet received many negative early reviews, due largely to the fact that it did not ship with native PIM apps.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a BlackBerry smartphone to access e-mail, calendar, contacts, etc., on the PlayBook without native apps. But the current lack of native e-mail, calendar and contacts apps means you need to employ the PlayBook browser to access Web-based PIM services. (Read more on why you don’t need a BlackBerry smartphone to get mail on the PlayBook.)
The native PlayBook e-mail, calendar and contacts apps look almost identical to the PlayBook apps currently available to BlackBerry smartphone users via BlackBerry Bridge, an app that securely displays smartphone PIM apps on the PlayBook. And they’ll be compatible with both the consumer-oriented BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) and RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), according to the company.
Notably missing from RIM’s PlayBook native PIM apps demonstration were BlackBerry memos and tasks, though the company says both apps will be available this summer along with e-mail, contacts and calendar.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.