If you’ve been following the RIM-related news lately, you must know that the Canadian company’s BlackBerry OS has now entangled with QNX OS for the PlayBook tablet with the result being the brand new BBX 2.0. The platform is now in beta phase, but that didn’t stop the guys of Macberry from getting a hands on video with the software.
There’s plenty of Android apps running on top of this OS, which is good news if you were craving for the Android experience on your PlayBook. The video shows a folder named Android Apps, that includes Gmail, Amazon Kindle, Google Places and a bunch more applications. They seem to be working great, considering they were ported and don’t run in their native environment.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is an unique device because it relies heavily on gesture control, much like the Nokia N9. Both these devices are rid of the burden of physical keys and all they require is a swipe to get around the menu. Couple that with RIM’s great hardware and we’ve got a solid product, that never quite took off sadly. The reason? The lack of standalone functions such as email or contacts, without having to sync with a BlackBerry phone… Maybe BBX 2.0 will fix all the wrongs and give the slate the sales it deserves.