Research In Motion Buys Tungle To Boost Its App Offerings

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has acquired a Montreal-based app maker to boost the number of apps on its BlackBerry World app store.

Tungle makes apps that allow users to schedule and sychronise meetings on smartphones, desktops and tablet devices.

The company’s apps come with support for Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal, Google tools, Lotus Notes, Windows Live and Yahoo and also provide integration with social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

“As of today, the entire team is joining the ranks of RIM. We're really excited about this. We know there isn't an industry more exciting than the smartphone and tablet markets. And RIM is a dominant player in this space,'' said Tungle CEO Marc Gingras, said in a statement reported Digital Trends.

“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,” he added.

The BlackBerry World app market currently offers around 20,000 apps, significantly less than the iTunes App Store or Google Android Market.