BlackBerry offers tailored MySpace app


Social networking site MySpace and BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) are to launch a BlackBerry-specific MySpace application next month (October).

The new MySpace application will be optimised for BlackBerry devices, integrating the site with handset platform for push-based messaging to BlackBerry and MySpace users.

RIM co-chief executive Jim Balsillie will discuss the MySpace/RIM tie-up at a keynote speech at CTIA Wireless event in Las Vegas today.

RIM is also creating a BlackBerry community page on MySpace, called BlackBerry ‘Hub’, for users to access the latest BlackBerry smartphone news, content, videos, games, ringtones, skins and other features.

The MySpace for BlackBerry smartphones application offers users a full messaging interface, including comments, bulletins and messaging, real time status and mood updates.

It also allows mobile camera integration and photo management so users can snap, sort and upload pictures anytime and anywhere.

MySpace chief executive Chris DeWolfe said: "Our partnership enables millions of BlackBerry smartphone users to leverage MySpace on the go and access content, friend networks, and status and mood updates anywhere at any time."

Balsillie said: "BlackBerry smartphone users have been quick to understand and lead mobile trends and we are seeing many of our customers strongly embrace mobile social networking as an integral part of their communications and day-to-day lives.

"MySpace was one of the first social networking sites to get it right and we are thrilled to join forces."

Analysts forecast over 800 million people worldwide will acces social networks on mobile phones by 2012, up from 82 million last year.