RIM Announces New Executives
Research In Motion today added two new employees to its rank of C-level executives. It has hired Kristian Tear to serve as the company's Chief Operating Officer and Frank Boulben to serve as the company's as Chief Marketing Officer. Tear joins RIM from Sony Mobile Communications, where he served as Executive Vice President. Boulben is the former Executive Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Sales for LightSquared. RIM believes the addition of these two executives will help its turn-around strategy with the launch of BlackBerry 10 later this year.
Google Expands Enterprise Recommendation Program to More Phones
Google today said more phone makers now part of its Android Enterprise Recommended program. The Android Enterprise Recommended program, which was launched in February of this year, "establishes best practices and common requirements for devices and services, backed by a thorough testing process conducted by Google." In order to qualify, devices have to meet a number of specifications concerning their hardware, deployment, security updates, and user help programs.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Apple Changes Up Several Execs
Apple today appointed Jeff Williams as chief operating officer. Williams has been with Apple since 1998.
Sprint Shuffles Executive Deck, Plans New Office Environment
Sprint is adjusting its top ranks in an effort to streamline its management structure, according to an internal memo obtained by Fierce Wireless. To start, a number of executives are departing the company, including COO Günther Ottendorfer, who's been behind a lot of Sprint's network advancements.