BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has acquired California-based application store developer Cellmania.
The move is a bid to enhance the capabilities of its App World application store for its BlakBerry devices.
Cellmania specialises in developing the back-end infrastructure for online application stores and has some of the largest mobile services providers as clients, which depend on Cellmania to develop and maintain there mobile ecosystems.
Clients include AT&T, Virgin Mobile and Airtel, which deliver ringtones, Java applications and other browser content to their customers using Cellmania technology.
Cellmania offers its mFinder platform, which is used by mobile phone operators to take-in apps from developers and sell them to customers.
The company's revenue is shared by the application developers and also specialises in managing digital rights and billing process.
In a statement posted on its official website, Cellmania said: “Our team has joined RIM's global organisation and will continue to bring our expertise in Application Storefront development to the BlackBerry platform.”