June 07, 2011, 9:16 PM — A BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS update released this morning brings a freshened Facebook app, the ability to make in-app purchases and other minor improvements, but no Android emulator or native e-mail app. The free 312MB update (version 188.8.131.5204) is available via the PlayBook settings menu now, and will be available in the BlackBerry AppWorld app store as well.
The revised native Facebook app supports video uploading as well as photo uploads, a rather notable improvement given the high quality of the PlayBook's five-megapixel rear camera, and three-megapixel front-facing webcam. The PlayBook supports 480p, 720p HD and 1080p HD video recording--something the Apple iPad 2 can't do.
Facebook friend requests have been separated from other notifications at the upper right of the app and the search function has been redesigned to allow you to search among "Friends," "Everyone" or "Pages." The revised app also adds the ability to delete messages.
Access to Facebook Pages has been improved with a new bottom-screen "Pages" tab on the "Friends" screen to provide quick access to the Pages of companies, celebrities or any other Facebook Page you've "liked."
Other changes include the ability to drop new photos into albums you've already created and the ability to add comments to items in your news feed without leaving the news feed view. Instead of a moving to new page, a dialog window with room for your comment pops up.
Within the PlayBook Tablet OS itself, the notification for app updates has improved with more information available from the home screen. An exclamation point and a number in the upper left corner of the home screen let you know how many app updates are available without the need for opening BlackBerry AppWorld. A click on the exclamation point opens a dialog telling you which of your installed apps have updates.
A major improvement for app developers is support for in-app purchasing. For example, a game developer can now sell additional game levels from within his game. New languages are also available, including U.K. English, French, Italian, Dutch, German and Spanish.