The mobile space just got a lot more interesting thanks to a surprising decision at RIM. The home of the so-called crackberry plague has decided that it’s time to stop playing exclusive, and start working on support for phone platforms other than its own.
First up, RIM is hopping on board with Windows Mobile via a new software application suite that will let users access typical Blackberry services, such as the e-mail synchronization service. RIM says that the software will be made available later this year, and it will only work on Windows Mobile 6 devices. No word on which devices are yet supported, but the Motorola Q will most likely be among them.
According to the announcement, the software suite will offer “BlackBerry e-mail, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and other applications developed for the BlackBerry platform.” This last matter is quite interesting: RIM’s announcement suggests that Blackberry developers will be able to get on Windows Mobile via this suite.
The suite will launch like any other Windows Mobile Application, and users will be able to exit the Blackberry platform to switch back to the standard Windows Mobile interface, if needed. In short, the new application suite can convert a Windows Mobile 6 phone into a Blackberry clone.
“Extending BlackBerry applications to a broader range of devices is an important element of RIM’s strategy to provide an open platform that supports industry standards and addresses the various needs of our customers and partners,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “This new software will provide a range of important benefits, including easier support of Windows Mobile-based devices within BlackBerry Enterprise Server environments, a consistent user interface for BlackBerry applications across various devices, and the ability to run third-party applications developed for the BlackBerry platform.”
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Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile 6, RIM, Smart Phone