The transition of Research in Motion's BlackBerry from being purely corporate tools to more general professional, consumer and "prosumer" families continues with the introduction today of the Curve, which the company says will become available through carriers later this spring.
The Curve goes beyond the Pearl -- the first non-corporate BlackBerry -- with a 2-megapixel camera with 5x zoom, a built-in flash and full-screen viewfinder. The new device offers advanced media manager program capabilities. This Associated Press story, here carried in Canadian Business Online, says that a major difference between the Pearl and the Curve is that latter has a full QWERTY keyboard, while the former puts two letters on each key and relies on predictive software to pick the right one.
There is no shortage of news on the mobile broadband front, especially if the sector is viewed expansively to include both devices and the networks that support them. This is easy to understand, since infrastructures are capable of carrying an ever-increasing amount of data and devices are growing in power.
Both of these trends will continue. The smart companies -- and RIM certainly qualifies -- understand that it will be a while before the dust settles. Consequently, they are working overtime to throw as many ideas into the marketplace as possible.