Cellmania Acquired By RIM(Research In Motion) : BlackBerry maker Research in Motion(RIM) has purchased mobile software company Cellmania, a move that could help the smartphone maker build a stronger app store to fend off competition from Apple iPhone and Google Android.
Cellmania, based in Mountain View, Calif., makes software that allows owners of content to track its use, bill for subscriptions and integrate billing with customer accounts. That can be useful in building app stores, which sell downloadable content and have helped push the adoption of smartphones.
Current Cellmania customers include Sprint Nextel, AT&T, Boost, Virgin Mobile USA and Telstra. Cellmania offers a platform that operators can use to accept applications from developers and sell them to users. The platform includes digital rights management and integration with a carrier’s billing system.
Cellmania has agreed to join forces with RIM, it announced Tuesday afternoon on its home page. Unsurprisingly, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed on that same home page.
“Cellmania is excited to announce that our company is nor part of Research in Motion,” it says on company’s home page. “Our team has joined RIM’s global organization and will continue to bring our expertise in Application Storefront development to the BlackBerry platform.” The company said it will continue to support its current client base.