New Delhi: Research In Motion (RIM), makers of BlackBerry smartphones, on Friday launched a new operating system (OS) for its PlayBook tablets with additional functionalities, including the ability to run Android-based applications.
The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 will add advanced messaging features, increased social integration and better browser, among other things, Research In Motion (RIM) Manager, Carrier Product (India), Ranjan Moses told reporters here.
The new OS also supports Android applications like Pool Break Pro.
This will enable developers create applications for Android and make the same applications available to PlayBook users as well.
The new OS is available as a free update for existing users and the new devices will have the new OS in-built.
BlackBerry Playbook is available at an offer price of Rs 19,990 for the 64 GB model.
In December last year, the Canadian giant had slashed the price of its PlayBook by more than half to Rs 13,490 for the 16 GB version to cash in on the festive season and burgeoning demand for tablet PCs in India.
RIM, which is known for its BlackBerry series of phones, had introduced PlayBook in June in the Indian market.
According to analysts, sales in the tablet PC segment in India are expected to touch one million units over the next 12 months.
With 3G (high-speed internet services) being rolled out aggressively, the opportunity has only expanded, they said.
Since the launch of Apple's iPad in the country, the tablet market has been witnessing huge competition, with more and more new contenders launching their devices.