Research in Motion (RIM) recently launched BlackBerry Bridge along with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. The Bridge feature connects any BlackBerry smartphone to the PlayBook over Bluetooth to be used for different functions.
Once connected the PlayBook can be controlled by the BlackBerry handset for navigation and input including text. It can also be used for additional things like to internet tethering, file sharing and accessing the phone’s apps like BlackBerry Messenger.
Install the BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 app on the BlackBerry smartphone via the BlackBerry App World. This can be done by searching the store or scanning a QR code displayed on the PlayBook. Failing this navigate to www.bbry.lv/blackberrybridge in the smartphone’s browser.
Navigate to the BlackBerry Bridge settings by the drop down menu on the PlayBook. Do this by gesturing down above the screen or by clicking in the gear icon in the top right hand corner next to the battery indicator.
Hit the Setup button within the BlackBerry Bridge menu.
Give your PlayBook a name and click the Next button.
If BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 is installed on the smartphone then click Continue. Otherwise this is where the QR code can be accessed by clicking Install Now.
The two devices can be paired by opening the BlackBerry Bridge app on the smartphone and scanning the QR code displayed on the PlayBook. A manual pairing can also be performed if the QR code method fails.
Select which items you want to be able to access from the PlayBook and click Continue.
Once the pairing is complete click Done on the PlayBook. A BlackBerry Bridge folder is created in the apps menu and the BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 feature is ready to be used.