RIM Speedwagon keeps on lovin' BlackBerry 10 developers

Nothing says "mobile operating system development" quite like a power ballad. RIM re-wrote an REO Speedwagon song to tide its developers over until BlackBerry 10 finally comes out.

RIM VPs sing
Not quite the Rolling Stones. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

We may not have BlackBerry 10 yet, but we've got a heartfelt power ballad to last us until the much-delayed OS finally makes an entrance.

Three RIM vice presidents -- Alec Saunders, Christopher Smith, and Martyn Mallick -- joined up to create a band for a passionately geeky version of REO Speedwagon's "Keep on Loving You." A really, really geeky version, that is.

Saunders, vice president of developer relations, lip syncs his way through gems such as "A whole new mobile computing platform may be one tough proposition" and "We'll have BlackBerry 10, both in full touch and QWERTY editions."

The song ends up being a bit of a musical love note to BlackBerry developers, encouraging them to keep the faith until 10 finally wanders out into the real world. The video debuted at the BlackBerry Jam developer conference, but now it's available on YouTube for the world to see.

The RIM guys might not be ready to make a splash with the MTV crowd, but the production values are pretty high and there's a ripping guitar solo in the middle. This may well be the geekiest rock band ever assembled.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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