RIM Acquire Automotive Infotainment Company QNX Software

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RIM just announced their acquisition of QNX Software, a company specializing in in-car infotainment. To get a better idea of what they do, just watch the above YouTube clip. In the product demo, they use an iPhone, but I guess that will be changing soon enough. If this acquisition is a means to get more connectivity with a BlackBerry and a car, then we should be seeing some interesting new software. Currently, RIM’s automotive offerings extend to the Visor Mount and some other Bluetooth accessories, but the major integration is through third parties. Given many states and countries are now implementing hands-free laws, this might also have influenced RIM’s decisions.

Read the press release here.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    SWEET!

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    Looks like they are running on an x86 processor which means it is highly unlikely that we will see any of this tech moving in the other direction towards the BlackBerries.

    RIM hasn't always been a smartphone company, and it looks like they are moving to expand beyond that again…

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle McInnes

    A lot of the other smartphone manufacturers have secondary businesses to prop up their smartphone line. For example, Apple sells computers, Google obviously has the web, Nokia have a business selling basestations…RIM needs one too right? I don't think they bring any revenue in from their OEM radio business anymore.

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  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    Looks like they are running on an x86 processor which means it is highly unlikely that we will see any of this tech moving in the other direction towards the BlackBerries.

    RIM hasn't always been a smartphone company, and it looks like they are moving to expand beyond that again…

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle McInnes

    A lot of the other smartphone manufacturers have secondary businesses to prop up their smartphone line. For example, Apple sells computers, Google obviously has the web, Nokia have a business selling basestations…RIM needs one too right? I don't think they bring any revenue in from their OEM radio business anymore.

  • http://www.centralcontracts.com Mercedes Mike

    This looks incredible, the iPhone has even affected how the interiors of our cars look like.

  • http://www.leasecar.co.uk leasecar

    I would love this in my car, my phone needs a place to live!