RIM buys Cellmania, app store software maker

Cellmania makes software that is used to build application stores at places like Sprint, and RIM may want its know-how for its BlackBerry App World.

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Research In Motion may be getting ready to jump-start the BlackBerry App World with the purchase of a mobile infrastructure software company Tuesday.

Cellmania, which makes software that wireless carriers and software developers can use to distribute applications, 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.

RIM may be the leading smartphone maker in North American, but its mobile application store does not get nearly as much love as Apple's App Store or Google's Android Market. Cellmania makes the software that runs mobile application stores for carriers like Sprint and Orange, and RIM may be looking to use some of its expertise inside BlackBerry App World.

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