RIM Acquires Tungle.me
I just got an interesting email from the guys over at Tungle.me telling me that they’ve been acquired by RIM. If you’ve never heard of Tungle, they are a service that synchronizes your calendar between a whole bunch of different platforms (including BlackBerry) with the purpose of making it easier to see when your friends/business contacts are free so you can schedule meetings. I’m not sure what RIM is planning to do with Tungle, but it could possibly add to the social potential that the recent acquisition of Gist brought to RIM’s profile. Perhaps RIM is planning to move more of your organizer data into the cloud? Tungle’s announcement was predictably vague on what they would be doing:
This is exciting for you too as we expect the Tungle service to only get better. Our plan today is what it has always been – for Tungle to become integrated with your daily activities and be ubiquitous within the applications you’re already using. When you think scheduling, Tungle should be at your fingertips.
In the past year, RIM has been buying up companies in a Borg-like fashion to add features to their platform faster than they could develop them in house. Notable acquisitions include Torch Mobile for their browser, The Astonishing Tribe for their UI magic, and QNX for their awesome OS that is powering the PlayBook and their 2012 lineup. In general, I like that RIM is aggressively buying companies so that they can add new features faster. I just hope we find out what all of these acquisitions are for soon. Check out the announcement from Tungle below and sound off in the comments.