BlackBerry PlayBook Update 1.07 Brings ZIP Files, Portrait Photos

Posted by at 9:00 am on July 19, 2011

RIM started off Tuesday morning with an update to the BlackBerry PlayBook. The 1.0.7 update brings deeper support with the recently updated Bridge app on phones and can now take in ZIP files from e-mail. While paired up, the tablet can extract the files to work on them with the PlayBook’s larger screen.

More control comes to saving the attachments themselves; they can either store on the BlackBerry phone’s internal storage or on its microSD card if one is loaded up.

On the PlayBook itself, the Pictures app now finally supports viewing photos in portrait. It had previously been locked to landscape mode. Video viewing now gets an uncommon pinch-to-zoom mode that lets PlayBook owners zoom into footage much as they would a still image.

International launches have also brought in 15 new languages, including Iberian languages like Basque, Catalan, Galician, and Portugese (both European and Brazilian), as well as Czech, Danish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Romanian. Outside of the wider continent, RIM is also tackling Russian, Turkish, and Bahasa Indonesia.

No traces exist of RIM’s native e-mail, which it originally promised within about 60 days of the PlayBook’s April launch only to delay it to late summer.

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