TAT acquired by RIM: Good news for BlackBerry PlayBook

Here at OSM we’ve been keeping you up-to-date with all the latest news about the BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM, the new tablet device due out in early 2011 which looks to be a real contender for the hugely successful Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Among recent posts we’ve looked into the price and also given a comparison between the PlayBook and the iPad.

Now we hear interesting news from Vlad Savov over on Engadget, sourced from the BlackBerry Blog which tells us that RIM (Research in Motion), has now acquired TAT (The Astonishing Tribe), the Swedish UI design company. This is really good news for BlackBerry devices and of course the PlayBook as TAT is a well established design team responsible for the original Android interface.

The Chief Technology Officer at RIM, David Yach, said in a statement, “We’re excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms.” As Savov points out bringing the BlackBerry PlayBook’s QNX-built OS together with a company with a great reputation for UI design is exciting and could be truly mouth-watering and we can’t wait to see what comes from it.

For more on this go to engadget.com. Are you already waiting for the BlackBerry PlayBook and what do you think of TAT being on board? We’d like to hear your thoughts so please feel free to send us your comments.

  • sarah

    WOW, good for RIM, they needed a shot in the arm to create a competitive UI.

    But the bigger questions is since RIM historically does not like to share, who is the next TAT? Who will fill their shoes and work with Moto, Samsung and LG and all the other handset OEMs? Here are a few names to consider – Ikivo, Acrodea, Mentor Graphics or the newest kid on the UI block YOU i Labs.

    What do you think?