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RIM Tried Buying Palm for Patents Alongside Apple, Nokia and Google

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There is a rumor that RIM tried to purchase Palm alongside Apple, Nokia, Google and of course HP. HP eventually won the deal for $1.2 billion. According to the SF Gate, RIM basically had the deal in its hands and “had to work incredibly hard to blow it,” says their source. source recalls. RIM initially came in higher than HP, but HP upped its bid, our source says.

While Palm may have had some patents that would be beneficial to RIM, the idea of acquiring the company for the WebOS or integrating the WebOS on a BlackBerry seems highly unlikely. WebOS lacks the security that is fundamental to RIM’s business, although from a consumer perspective it may be cool.

In terms of improving on the OS, it’s better to look at the QNX acquisition. QNX is a company based in Ottawa (BlackBerryCool.com HQ) and there are several people close to the company who say the acquisition has little to do with automotive integration, and more to do with developing a next-generation OS. Remember, QNX’s core business is “middleware, development tools, realtime operating system software and services for superior embedded design.” Lets hope that they can help RIM develop an OS that puts many of the developer and consumer frustrations to rest.

What To Expect from BlackBerry OS 6 – WebOS and Java Hybrid?

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When I was in Scandinavia meeting with Opera, along with the lucky BBCool reader who won the trip, I got to talking with them about RIM’s acquisition of Torch Mobile. The guys at Opera are really smart and gave me some insight into what a browser really is. A browser is really a combination of 50-80 mini apps, that all serve various functions such as understanding the HTML/CSS. WebKit is a core technology within the browser. There are other core technologies that can be used to build a Browser: Presto, Gecko, Trident etc.

The acquisition of Torch Mobile meant that RIM now controls a few of the developers who are contributors to WebKit’s source code. The Webkit platform, while Open Source, doesn’t allow just anyone to manipulate the base code. There is a relatively small group of contributors from Apple, Nokia, Google, various Universities, and now RIM.
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TiVo Release Analytics About BlackBerry Marketing vs Palm

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According to a recent study by TiVo of its users, Palm ads were skipped over less often than BlackBerry ads. Palm ads were less skipped overall in households with incomes over $150,000, and they were also shorter. Around 97% of Palm ads ran for about 15 seconds, and they logged 30% less fast-forwarding than 30 second ads.
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Apple versus RIM versus Palm in smartphone demand

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It seems the economy is starting to pull itself back together as consumer buying plans are at record levels this holiday season. The three major smartphones being discussed this season are Apple’s iPhone 3GS, the Palm Pre and RIM’s latest (Storm2 and the 9700).

ChangeWave recently conducted a survey with a relatively small sample size, only 4,255 respondents, and from that they have extrapolated some data about the smartphone industry and buying patterns. Since the survey sample is so small, and we can’t be sure of how representative the sample is of the total North American market, we should obviously take these results with a grain of salt.
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Palm Pre sets record sales on Sprint – should RIM care?

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Within hours of offering the Palm Pre, Sprint set a record sales debut. By late Sunday, the Palm Pre had broken previous sales records (first day and first weekend) for a Sprint device.

“Sprint is a very different company than it was 12 months ago,” said Dan Hesse, president and chief executive officer. “Palm Pre is the coming out party for the new Sprint. It is the perfect device that highlights all of the positive changes in our company, including our revolutionary Ready Now retail store experience, greatly improved customer care, unmatched value pricing plans and America’s most dependable 3G network.”

Palm was a focal point of discussion at the WES 2009 panel: Top 3 Predictions for BlackBerry. Some suggested Palm is a threat, and therefore a potential acquisition for RIM. Others argued that the Pre, while an interesting device, is not enough to save the company.

In fact, both Sprint and Palm have been dodging financial bad press over the past few quarters. Sprint has had a plethora of layoffs and news surrounding a complete downsizing. Palm has been hemorrhaging money for years and they have been producing very little to make up for it.

Overall, the Palm Pre is making a great impression on potential buyers, but its user base is predominantly consumers. While RIM is seeing a larger consumer market share, it is still the leader in enterprise hardware. If the Palm Pre is going to shake up RIM, they should provide a more convincing solution on the enterprise level.

What do you think? Will the Palm Pre make a dent in RIM’s market share?

Make your BlackBerry look like a Palm Pre with PreBerry

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We’ve seen a lot of BlackBerry themes that mimic the iPhone but this is the first time I’ve seen a theme mimic the Palm Pre. PreBerry is a fairly clean theme with not a lot of clutter. If you’ve been keeping up with the news about the Palm Pre, this theme might be for you.

Purchase PreBerry for your BlackBerry for $5.99.