RIM extending services to other devices? - Teckeela

Feb 12, 2011

RIM extending services to other devices?

I was doing a bit of searching if RIM does or has any plans of providing it's services in a way that would help other platform users enjoy the capabilities of a BlackBerry device. Corporations use BlackBerry Connect Service to have remote administration on their employees BB device. In the last year or so, we saw RIM losing it's grip on the smartphone category to the iPhone and Android devices mainly for the fact that the apps available for the latter two were much more advanced and great in number. Last month, vice-president of RIM said this in an interview:

"BlackBerry is and will continue to be dominant in most corporations, [but] it's not going to be the only device given the fact that consumers have the choice to bring in their own devices and IT departments are often letting them in. So there's a question there. Do those corporations have to manage those devices differently or is there the possibility that RIM might extend capabilities to make it easier for those corporations to manage those devices as well? ... If the right thing to do is to extend a subset of those [BlackBerry] capabilities to be able to manage other devices, it's worthy of a conversation."

So maybe someday we would use BlackBerry Messenger across devices. Convergence.

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