Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion has just announced the release of a new platform version for its BlackBerry Tablet PC users, namely BlackBerry Tablet OS 18.104.22.16842.
The new flavor of the operating system comes with a very important new feature inside, the handset vendor notes, namely differential updates.
With this feature, users will be able to update only various aspects of their device to the latest flavor of the OS, and not perform a complete update of the platform.
Thus, the size of newer updates will be reduced, and will also reduce the time required for installing the new platform versions on the device, RIM explains.
“BlackBerry Tablet OS v22.214.171.12442 is available today and it introduces one small but very important new feature: differential updates,” a recent post on the company's blog reads.
“The differential updates feature allows us to update only the sections of the BlackBerry Tablet OS that require updating. This should result in smaller download file sizes and therefore faster updating for you! “
At the same time, the new capability should prove quite handy when it comes to the quick addition of new features to the PlayBook via future BlackBerry Tablet OS updates.
“Note: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users must already have BlackBerry Tablet OS v126.96.36.19970 installed to experience differential updates. Going forward, all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets running v188.8.131.5242 or higher will experience differential updates,” RIM explains.
In addition to this feature, the new OS flavor comes along with a series of improvements for two areas of the PlayBook, namely the Wi-Fi connectivity and the pairing with smartphones.
After updating to BlackBerry Tablet OS v184.108.40.20642, users will benefit from
- Improved Wi-Fi connectivity to WEP networks
- Faster pairing between a BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet via the BlackBerry Bridge app, and faster attachment opening via BlackBerry Bridge.
The new BlackBerry Tablet OS v220.127.116.1142 was already made available for download over the air for all PlayBook devices out there. Users who will purchase a new tablet after today will receive the update as part of the setup process.
Existing BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users will receive a notification on the availability of the new update, and will be offered the possibility to download and install it.