BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta now available to download

For all the BlackBerry PlayBook developers out there who want to give OS 2.1 a try before it’s officially released to the public can do so today. RIM promised and has followed through by pushing out OS 2.1 in beta. This brings the following updates:

– 3 major enhancements to the Android Runtime in 2.1.0:
> Each Android app will now run in its own window.
> Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps
> In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK
– Full device encryption is now supported
– Screenshots are now saved in PNG format
– Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
– Improved folder support including IMAP folder support

RIM states that “The other 2.1 features will come full steam when the new OS is commercially released. The 2.1 Android SDK will be released in beta coinciding with the OS release.” No word on when this will leave beta, but you can check out all the details and download it here via RIM.