I am not quite sure what to make of this latest announcement by RIM and Harman. RIM just put out on the wire that they just signed a deal for RIM to acquire QNX Software Systems which is a portion of Harman International. It seems like the purchase is intended to give RIM a foothold in the vehicle audio and entertainment system market along with intelligent peripherals. From what I understand QNX is a independent division of Harman that works on creating their own standard operating system for embedded applications.
Mike Lazaridis explains it best in the quotes found in the press release:
RIM is excited about the planned acquisition of QNX Software Systems and we look forward to ongoing collaboration between Harman, QNX and RIM to further integrate and enhance the user experience between smartphones and in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. “In addition to our interests in expanding the opportunities for QNX in the automotive sector and other markets, we believe the planned acquisition of QNX will also bring other value to RIM in terms of supporting certain unannounced product plans for intelligent peripherals, adding valuable intellectual property to RIM’s portfolio and providing long-term synergies for the companies based on the significant and complementary OS expertise that exists within the RIM and QNX teams today.
Should be interesting to see what RIM does with this new unit. It might take awhile for us to see any results like RIM’s purchase of Dash Navigation months ago which has yet to release anything…