RIM Buys Cellmania
Research In Motion has purchased a California company called Cellmania. Cellmania, which made the announcement on its web site, develops the software behind mobile application stores. According to Cellmania, it will continue to develop mobile application store software and services for RIM as well as its existing customer base. Though RIM has not commented on the acquisition, it is likely the company will use Cellmania's resources and technology to bolster its own BlackBerry App World.
PayPal Reaches BlackBerry 10 Devices
PayPal has made a version of its mobile application available in the BlackBerry World app store for devices running BlackBerry OS 10.x. With this new app, PayPal is available to Android, BlackBerry, Fire OS, iOS, and Windows smartphones.
BlackBerry to Buy Good Technology
BlackBerry today said it has agreed to purchase Good Technology for $425 million. Good Technology makes and sells mobile email products as well as mobile device management tools.
TCL to Be Sole Maker of BlackBerry Phones
BlackBerry today said moving forward TCL Communications, the parent company of Alcatel, will be responsible for designing, manufacturing, selling, and supporting all BlackBerry-branded smartphones. The companies struck an agreement that sees TCL licensing BlackBerry's security software and service suite along with the BlackBerry brand.
Microsoft Buys SwiftKey Software Keyboard Maker
Microsoft today said it has acquired SwiftKey, a company that develops software keyboards for Android and iOS devices. SwiftKey has strong word prediction capabilities, and is often able to suggest not only the word being typed, but what word might come next.
Google Scoops Up Photo Backup App
Google has acquired an application that lets Android and iOS smartphone owners automatically backup and share their photos. The app, called Odysee, has been withdrawn from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store, but it will continue to function for existing users until Feb.