RIM's BlackBerry 10 design reflects slew of acquisitions

Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry 10 is the platform the company is pinning its future on, and analysts and investors are waiting to see if the company will deliver later this year. RIM's status as a smartphone pioneer has come under fire, but the company has maintained it will deliver a product that exceeds customers' expectations. However, BlackBerry 10's heritage is, in part, based on a series of acquisitions RIM has made over the past several years. Some of the more high-profile deals include the 2010 acquisitions of QNX, which the platform is based on, as well as The Astonishing Tribe, which helped form the basis of the platform's user interface. RIM also bought Torch Mobile in 2009 to improve its browser. "We use a number of ingredients including our own unique inventions and designs to create the best user experience," RIM said in a statement. Article (sub. req.)

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