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Research In Motion to give away 25,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets; PlayBook 2.0 OS due by the end of February – official

BlackBerry DevCon Europe 2012

Canadian email phone maker RIM has announced at their BlackBerry DevCon Europe event that it is giving away a large number of their new latest tablet PlayBook devices, running the QNX platform.

RIM's new CEO, Thorsten Heins, stated that he is "happy to announce we have secured funding for 25,000 BlackBerry playbooks".

These are to be given out to developers, to aid in writing code for the BlackBerry OS and various devices.

The Canadian company's CEO has noted that RIM has already given out PlayBooks at Hackathons events, where it will continue to do so, and at other developer meet ups around the world.

Research In Motion gave away a new 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook to all those that attended DevCon Europe, with the option of a device running the current 1.0.8 version of the OS running - or a developer beta version, 2.0.0.7111.

ITProPortal has been told that a ‘fair majority' of those in attendance opted for a free PlayBook, running 2.0 of the beta platform.

At the event, it was confirmed that the 2.0 of the PlayBerry PlayBook OS will be arriving by the end of February - in an over the air update.

Demonstrated on stage was the new integration of Facebook and Twitter messages, into the PlayBook 2.0 OS inbox with a rich HTML interface.

This was along with contact information from email and the calendar client, being brought in from social network sites and LinkedIn.

BlackBerry Bridges 2.0 takes integration between a RIM smartphone and the PlayBook a stage further, by allowing the handset to remotely control the tablet and for the very first time.

This includes using the optical tracker pad on the handset to swipe across screens, whilst also using the actual phone's physical keyboard to write emails and messages.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.