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December 6, 2010

BlackBerry maker RIM buys Swedish software firm TAT

TAT software allows smartphone users personalise and customise their devices

By CBR Staff Writer

Research In Motion (RIM), a Canadian telecommunication and wireless device company and the maker of BlackBerry, is buying The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), a Sweden-based firm involved in developing software that allows smartphone users personalise and customise their devices.

However, the transactions of the deal have not been disclosed.

Found on 15% of all smart phones globally, the software designed by TAT allows even Google Android smartphone users make the icons on their device screens look three-dimensional, reports The Economic Times.

RIM chief technology officer David Yach said in a blog post that today they are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM).

"We’re excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms,” Yach said.

The newspaper further quoted Yach as saying that for those who don’t know, TAT is renowned for their innovative mobile user interface (UI) designs and has a long history of working with mobile and embedded technology.

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The acquisition by RIM is aimed at checking the onslaught from the iPhone and Google Android devices which have removed the BlackBerry smartphone from its top slot in the US market.

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