blackberry playbook v1.0.5

Research in Motion has rolled out a software update for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 brings a handful of new features. None are showstoppers, but overall they should make the experience of using the tablet a little more pleasant.

Here are a few highlights:

  • You can now charge the tablet even when it’s turned off.
  • You’ll get a notification if you try to use the wrong power adapter with the PlayBook.
  • There’s a pop-up power widget for turning off or restarting the tablet, adjusting screen brightness, or viewing the battery status.
  • OS v1.0.5 will automatically detect WiFi hotspots.
  • There’s support for additional languages.
  • RIM has added support for in-app payments to the BlackBerry App World.
  • Facebook now comes preloaded.

If you already have a PlayBook you should be prompted to install the update soon, or you can check for an updating the Software Updates section of the Settings Menu.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...