Here Are 8 New PlayBook Updates That Should’ve Been Available From Day One

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After disappointing reviews at the PlayBook’s launch, RIM promised we’d see what’s in store for its flagship tablet at this year’s BlackBerry World.Today was that day.

In a keynote speech we got a sneak peek at the PlayBook’s future. Fortunately, it seems like RIM is fixing many of the problems we had.

And yes, there will be Angry Birds.

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title=”Android apps need a separate “player” to work”
content=”When you download an Android app to your PlayBook, it will appear on your home screen just like a ‘regular’ app. But in order to use it, you’ll have to launch an Android player app. The player essentially runs a version of Android in the background, allowing you to run Android apps.

If you don’t have the player running when you try to open an Android app, it will do so automatically.”
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title=”Developers have to submit Android apps to BlackBerry World”
content=”PlayBooks won’t have access to the Android Market, so developers will have to submit apps to RIM to be posted in the BlackBerry App World.

Supposedly, this is an easy process, but it’s an extra step some developers may not want to take.”
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title=”There will be 3D apps…but you need glasses”
content=”RIM showed off an app that displays 3D images on the PlayBook. (If you’re wearing glasses.) The app, called Firefly, is available starting today in BlackBerry AppWorld.”
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title=”Android compatibility still doesn’t have a solid release date”
content=”RIM still doesn’t know when Android apps will be ready for PlayBook, but it estimates some time this summer.”
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title=”This is what email looks like, but it’s not ready yet”
content=”One of the biggest mistakes RIM made was releasing the PlayBook before this built-in email app was ready to go.

The app was finally demoed in public today, but there’s still no solid launch date. RIM estimates it will be ready this summer.”
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title=”And don’t forget the calendar app…also not ready yet”
content=”This was another basic, missing feature at the PlayBook’s launch. RIM showed off the tablet’s native calendar app today, but it’s not expected to be ready until the summer.”
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title=”But Angry Birds is coming!”
content=”What’s worse than having a tablet without email?

Having a tablet without Angry Birds.

RIM said the popular game is coming to the AppWorld soon. But again, there’s no specific launch date.”
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title=”And there will be fully-integrated Bing search”
content=”Bing already powers the PlayBooks Maps app. It will also be the default search engine for PlayBooks and all other BlackBerry devices. Steve Ballmer made a surprise appearance at BlackBerry World today to deliver the news.”
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title=”What else is cool about the PlayBook?”
content=”Click here for 6 reasons why you should buy a PlayBook instead of an iPad >
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