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RIM, not NTP, News

Posted on Friday 13 January 2006

For those of you waiting for further word on the progress, or lack thereof, in the RIM-NTP patent fandango, I’m afraid this will disappoint you. RIM announced a couple of things that have nothing to do with patent lawsuits. Sorry.

First, RIM said that a Google Talk instant messaging client for Blackberry is being developed and will be available later this spring. IM services will be fully integrated into the Blackberry client, as one would expect. It is unclear whether the Google Talk client is being developed by RIM, by Google or both. As part of their announcement, RIM also noted that users of selected newer Blackberry devices can now download and use Google Local for Mobile, an application suite which provides maps, directions, satellite images and search features.

In other news, CNet reports that RIM has licensed PocketMac for Blackberry and will distribute it free to Blackberry subscribers. The software allows Blackberry devices to sync address book, calendar and other information with a Mac. The software, which has been available since late 2004, current costs $29. Speaking as the guy who sold the first Mac in Washington in 1984 and who also was there for ‘birth’ of Blackberry, I personally am thrilled. The question, of course, is whether there is pent up demand among Blackberry users for Macs or among Mac users for Blackberrys. Either way, this is good news. Well done, RIM. (Yes, Dave, I realize the rest of the world is yawning about this news. Thanks. 🙂 )

2 Comments for 'RIM, not NTP, News'

    January 26, 2006 | 9:04 pm

    Google talk uses XMPP (aka Jabber) for communication protocol. XMPP is an open protocol, so anyone can read the specs and a client for it. In other words, RIM doesn’t need google’s help to get GTalk working on their system.

    February 3, 2006 | 8:42 am

    Thanks for the clarification. I didn’t mean to imply that Gtalk was closed, merely to point out that somebody has to be paying to do the development. It was unclear from RIM’s announcement whether Google was a partner in the development or merely a beneficiary. It’s hard for me to imagine that RIM would underwrite the costs completely on their own.

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