New features

Text messages

Access your BlackBerry smartphone's text messages on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. View existing conversations or start new ones by selecting someone from your list. Your smartphone contacts that have phone numbers are conveniently shown on the screen. Send a message to multiple contacts or manually type a phone number.

(Requires BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1)

BlackBerry Bridge app traffic over Wi-Fi

When your smartphone and tablet are connected using BlackBerry Bridge, and both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, BlackBerry Bridge apps can exchange information between your devices using Wi-Fi instead of a Bluetooth connection.

Using a Wi-Fi connection for BlackBerry Bridge traffic can increase the speed that new messages appear on your tablet or that large documents stored on your smartphone open.

(Requires BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1)

Browsing changes

The Bridge Browser now only appears if your smartphone is associated with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server so that you can access your company's intranet using the secure connection.

For other types of Internet use, you can use the Browser app on your tablet. If your tablet is not connected to a network, the Browser app can use your BlackBerry smartphone's mobile connection to access the Internet while BlackBerry Bridge is connected.

BlackBerry Bridge is designed to connect to the Internet in the following order:
  1. Wi-Fi (on your tablet)
  2. Wi-Fi (on your smartphone)
  3. your data plan (on your smartphone)


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