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Google’s Andy Rubin Admits RIM is on the Right Track with Acquisitions

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Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, was on Dive Into Mobile talking about Android as well as the competition. During the interview, Walt Mossberg began explaining how RIM has done a great job of building an “iconic” product but goes on to say that they’re fading in light of the competition, mostly due to the fact that they’re working with a legacy product.

Rubin’s response to Mossberg was to point out the similarities in the story of the RAZR. The Motorola RAZR was an iconic product but it eventually faded away. Motorola’s response was to switch to Android, but Rubin isn’t suggesting that’s the solution for RIM. The solution is to go through design cycles because a legacy product doesn’t allow you to keep up with the fast pace of the competition. Rubin then points to the acquisitions RIM has made with QNX, TAT and DataViz, and says they’re doing all the right things to fill in the pieces and keep up with the hyper competitive market.

Good form, Rubin. You’re a gentleman and a scholar. Stay tuned for Mike Lazaridis at Dive Into Mobile.

RIM’s Acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) Means Awesome UI Design

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According to the CTO at RIM, David Yach, RIM has acquired the Swedish UI and design firm The Astonishing Tribe (TAT). The acquisition has means that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms. TAT obviously has some pretty far out ideas about what a mobile UI should look like considering their concept video shown above. Hit the jump to see some of their videos and a glimpse of what we can expect from upcoming devices. Perhaps this company will be the ones to design the UI for the upcoming QNX enabled BlackBerry smartphone. Crazy stuff!
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