Looks like Blackberry makers, RIM are upping the ante a little. They’re obviously aware of the astonishing rise of sales with iPhones and Android based phones, so they’ve decided to take their products to the next level. Yesterday, sources said that RIM announced that they would be taking over Swedish developers, The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) to help them further improve the upcoming Playbook, as well as their existing mobile user interface. TAT has previously worked with some really big names such as Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Samsung with their UI (user interface) development as well as some of their design projects. The company also designed the G1’s Android UI.

A match made in cellular heaven?

Founded in the year 2002 TAT employs around 150 people and claims their software is used in approximately 15 percent of all homes. As of now RIM is maintaining radio-silence on their end not mentioning how much they paid for TAT but they have confirmed the deal on their blog. Here’s what RIM’s chief technology officer, David Yach had to say about this deal in his blog post: “We're excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms”.

Straight off the Official Blackberry Blog

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