You can really learn quite a bit about how RIM operates from their own sources like job postings and their very active LinkedIn page. Earlier this month we had RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie talking about NFC (Near Field Communication) saying that "we’d be fools not to have it in the near-term, and we are not fools." There is even speculation that it will fill the “Module Cavity” in the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook and other BlackBerrys which was confirmed by the WSJ.
In case you don’t know what NFC is here is a simple example. Think of being able to pay for items at the grocery store just by tapping your BlackBerry against a sensor. Kind of like the new credit cards that you just push against the register sensor. This can also be used to easily transfer contact information and other “near field” solutions.
The latest ad for an “IOT Specialist – Near Field Communications” on RIM’s website hints that RIM is moving fast on this one. Here is a description of the position:
The successful candidate will be responsible for investigating complex system level issues raised during IOT Testing for Near Field Communication software features supported on RIM’s BlackBerry handhelds. Responsibilities involve setting up and maintaining the IOT test environment, developing test cases and test scripts, as well as writing and carrying out NFC IOT test plans and NFC pre-certification test plans.
The successful candidate will troubleshoot test environments, analyze logs, communicate the root cause of test case failures across development teams and drive issues to resolutions, working directly with feature developers to correct software failures related to the NFC Radio software of RIM’s BlackBerry handhelds. He/she will also drive the specification of new test requirements in order to increase the effectiveness of our RIM’s internal IOT test coverage and participate into the development of automated test frameworks.
Seems like there is no question now that BlackBerrys will be getting NFC soon. Hopefully we will be seeing it sooner rather than later. I am still waiting for a bump to exchange contacts feature built into every BlackBerry or even better it should be included in every smartphone. via The Register