BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0 Developer Beta Update Now Available

Android Development

Update: We apologize for the typo earlier this morning mentioning the removal of BlackBerry® App World™ from the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS Developer Beta update; the post has since been updated. To confirm: BlackBerry App World is available in this build. Thanks for your patience.

A new version of the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS v2.0 Developer Beta is now available for developers to test their applications on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. The Developer Beta contains support for the BlackBerry® Runtime for Android™ Apps as well as the latest versions of the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ and Adobe® AIR® SDKs for BlackBerry PlayBook OS (for more info, be sure to read our BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0 Developer Beta post).

Please note that this build is strictly designed for developers and is NOT a build designed for consumer use, since some apps built for BlackBerry PlayBook OS v.1.0.7 may not work correctly. If you’ve downloaded and installed this build by accident, or if you’d like to return your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to its previous state, check out our guide to downgrading on the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0.0.3894 contains two improvements to aid developer testing:

  • BlackBerry WebWorks applications can now successfully call GPS
  • Wi-Fi® profiles are now saved and no longer disappear during tablet reboots

How to update your BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0 Build

Registering is quick and easy from the Android and HTML5/BlackBerry WebWorks developer sites. Once you’re on one of these sites, look to the footer for the Support heading; under this heading, locate and click Register your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. With the page loaded, we recommend that you quickly review the notes at the top of the page and scan the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page to ensure the BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0 Developer Beta build will meet your needs.

When you’re ready, enter your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PIN and your email address; review the Terms and Conditions and check the box to indicate your agreement; then click Submit.
Within an hour, you should see a icon in the status bar on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. You’ll have 24 hours to complete the upgrade, which can be done by following these simple steps:

  1. Tap in the top-right corner of the screen
  2. Tap Software Updates
  3. Tap Check for Updates
  4. Complete the update.

If after an hour the update is still not available or you experience any issues with the update, please visit the support forums.

Happy Coding!

About Michael C.

Michael joined Research In Motion® (RIM®) in 2001, and has worn a variety of hats from customer and developer support to product management. In his current role as Senior Product Manager in the Handheld Software Product management team, his time is focused on BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Always ready to get stuff done, Michael is truly a BlackBerry® power user, but always has time to listen to customers and co-workers on how to improve RIM’s products.

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