BlackBerry issues an new Playbook OS update for PlayBook

Users will need it to continue using BlackBerry World

Although most observers are doing a very good job of trying to write off Blackberry’s tablet offering – the PlayBook, the brave little device won’t lie down and die. Today [April 1st 2014] BlackBerry has issued an OTA [Over-The-Air] update which takes PlayBook OS to 2.1.0.1917. We had 2.1.0.1753 previously. The whole point about this upgrade is it modifies the payment processing system. So those PlayBook owners who want to continue purchasing apps and games or making in-app purchases will have to install the upgrade by April 3rd [2014]. Is this a sign that BlackBerry might do more in the tablet space, GoMo wonders?

Those that don’t install the update will see a message that reads, “There were problems completing this purchase.”

The only problem? When GoMo News tried clicking on the link provided to upgrade the BlackBerry World app as instructed, we simply got a 404 file not found error.

Oh, dear. BlackBerry will have to fix that! *

Here at GoMo Towers, we were trying to spot if there have been any other changes but sadly, we aren’t very good at that sort of thing.

For example, we don’t even remember it having Bing Maps and Video Chat.

One blogger has claimed that the update includes newer versions of Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player, but we couldn’t find any evidence of that.

Incidentally, the OS update won’t trigger until the battery is at least 21 per cent charged.

Initially, we though there was an error with the Update button but it appeared as soon as the fuel gauge hit 21.

The fact that BlackBerry is bothering with an update at all causes us to disbelief one blogger who has just claimed that, “PlayBook will be killed off within a year and update servers turned off.”

We think that the opposite might be true. Why not bring out an updated version of the PlayBook which is merely faster and larger?

It surely would take much R&D spend to do that and anyway we reckon the vast majority of PlayBooks are owned by BlackBerry enthusiasts anyway.

So there wouldn’t have to be much of a promotional budget either.

Just a thought.

* UPDATE: It took two days but BlackBerry eventually uploaded the missing web page.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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2 Responses to BlackBerry issues an new Playbook OS update for PlayBook

  1. Dave Millar says:

    When the webOS downloaded I must admit I got excited. Does this mean we are able to use Skype, I wonder? Then hit the upgrade link to BlackBerry World and the 401. At this point went online at BlackBerry.com to get support. Another 401, wow. One of two things are happening here. 1. This is an April Fools joke. 2. It is a sign that BlackBerry is pulling all support for the Playbook. Guess I’ll start looking at Androids or start side loading, or even hacking my BB tablet.

  2. alex says:

    webOS is not Blackberry.

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