RIM announced today that they are updating their hugely popular BlackBerry Music Gateway accessory with a new version. The new version carries the same name but also adds in NFC (Near Field Communication) for devices that support it. The device lets you stream music from your BlackBerry smartphone, PlayBook, or any other Bluetooth enabled device to your car or home stereo. They will be showing it off tonight so we will have more pictures.
- Connections Made Simple – Using NFC, simply tap your NFC enabled BlackBerry to connect to the BlackBerry Music Gateway**, or connect via standard Bluetooth for universal connectivity of any Bluetooth enabled device such as smartphones, tablets and computers
- Enjoy Wireless Freedom – Stream music from your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. BlackBerry Music Gateway connects to anyexisting home stereo equipment or car stereo using the RCA or 3.5mm cables included in the box
- Wireless Remote Control – Use your device as the remote for complete control of playback, track changes, and volume.
- Multitasking – Access other applications or surf the web while playing music. Music automatically pauses when an incoming phone call is received and continues when the call is ended without skipping a beat.
The device seems to have grown in size but its not really intended for portability so I am not sure how big of a difference it makes. The new BlackBerry Music Gateway will begin shipping in June 2012 and will be available on www.shopblackberry.com for $49.99. Now all I am waiting for is one that will allow me to stream the Audio AND Video contents of my PlayBook to my TV over Wi-Fi…