How PlayBook applications utilize BlackBerry Internet Browsing Service via BlackBerry Bridge

Article ID: KB28187

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 02-21-2012


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry PlayBook tablets
  • BlackBerry Bridge for BlackBerry OS 7 and earlier
  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0
  • BlackBerry® Bridge™ 2.0

With BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Tablet OS and BlackBerry® Bridge™, the functionality of BlackBerry® Internet Browsing Service (BIBS) over BlackBerry Bridge was enabled. This functionality allows the BlackBerry PlayBook to leverage the BlackBerry smartphones connection to the internet while not connected to Wi-Fi®.

Current native PlayBook applications are supported with some limitations below:



App World

Wi-Fi connection is required
Video Chat Wi-Fi connection is required
Music Store Able to browse catalog. Unable to download or play a sample song.
Kobo Books Wi-Fi connection is required
NFB Able to browse the catalog. Unable to play video.
Bing Maps Unable to find location when indoors.
Camera Unable to find location when indoors.
General Third Party Applications

May vary depending if application is specifically requires Wi-Fi.

Native Email

ActiveSync acounts are fully supported. IMAP/POP accounts requires Wi-Fi

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Some third party application may have limitations with leveraging this functionality.  This is not an issue with the PlayBook OS or BlackBerry Bridge application.  If an error occurs a reload of the software will not resolve the issue.


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