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RIM updates PlayBook OS

The new operating system is more secure and co-operates better with other BlackBerry devices, the company says

Research in Motion Ltd. has released an updated PlayBook operating system, OS 2.1, which it says simplifies management of the device and offers more security and connectivity.

The update allows PlayBook owners to encrypt all the personal data on their device with “enterprise-grade” encryption, RIM says. Meanwhile, the text messaging and bridging functions have been improved. Users can send SMS messages via their BlackBerry phones using a new version of the Bridge, which can be downloaded on the BlackBerry App World. They can also print documents virtually to a PlayBook from a desktop. And for business users, it’s now possible to register online for the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion server, which adds extra layers of authentication and security.

The tablet’s In-App payment system now works for Android applications as well as native Blackberry apps. RIM has opened up the platform to Android developers in a bid to increase its market penetration.

The update is available for download in the PlayBook’s software centre.