The BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet computer released on April 19, 2011 by BlackBerry. It is the first device to use the BlackBerry Tablet operating system (OS) and runs Adobe AIR applications. A merger with the existing BlackBerry OS created a new operating system: the BlackBerry 10.
On February 21, 2012, the PlayBook was updated to be compatible with Android OS applications that could be installed from the BlackBerry App World store. On October 3, 2012, the PlayBook OS 2.1 was released. As of December 1, 2012, an estimated 2 million BlackBerry Playbooks have been sold.
The BlackBerry PlayBook has 1080p video playback, with both the front and rear camera capable of video recording. The front camera can also be used for video chat. The display is a seven inch touchscreen with a 3D graphics accelerator. It has a dual core CPU, with 1 GB of RAM, and either 16 (discontinued in June 2012), 32, or 64 GB of storage. It supports video in H.264, MPEG4, and WMV formats; it supports audio in MP3, AAC 5.1, and WMA 5.1 formats. The PlayBook also has a micro-HDMI port.
Originally, there were only 2,000 to 3,000 available apps at the App World store. As of May 1, 2012, there are more than 24,700 available apps for the PlayBook. The first PlayBooks were not shipped with e-mail, contact, or calender apps for security reasons. Since then, these apps became available in a February 21, 2012 update. The update also included support for a variety of Android apps. Other apps in this update were: Press Reader, News, an RSS reader, and Print To Go, which is used for sending documents to the PlayBook from a PC.
Some accessories available for the PlayBook include: backup batteries, Bluetooth headsets, car kits, cases, chargers, cables, cradles, keyboards, stylus (pens), and screen protectors.
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