It looks like some developers at RIM have been working over the weekend probably to prepare for MWC. Dshcpa pointed out in the forums that RIM has released a new BlackBerry Travel app today which they announced in their forums. The app looks really cool and is chock full of features but has me really scratching my head. There are already two really good travel apps for BlackBerry from WorldMate and TripIt. Did RIM license one of them or did they simply create a competitor? The app seems to have many of the features found in WorldMate which has me thinking. Did RIM buy WorldMate?
Either way the new BlackBerry Travel app automatically takes the travel booking confirmation emails you get and updates the Travel app with the updates. You can also have your calendar automatically updated and the new app makes use of the Push API for updates. You also get flight status and change notifications automatically. The app also provides a connection with LinkedIn just like WorldMate to see who is in the same city as you. Last but not least there is also supposed to be some “Desktop Component” that will allow users to book flights and car rentals as well as print and edit itineraries but I have yet to find it.
NOTE: This app is only available in the US, UK, Canada, and… Spain. My guess for MWC 2011 this week. The other oddity is that it supports a random set of devices like the 8350i but not the 9100. Otherwise it has a nice support set.