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Now that Research in Motion has purchased Dash Navigation, it is hoped that RIM will use the software in future models of their product line and provide better GPS technology for their users.

Since Nokia had purchased Navteq in 2008 in order to offer better mapping services to their line of devices, perhaps RIM has realized that users do want and will make use of improved GPS technologies. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, it is easier to purchase an existing technology.

The type of technology created by Dash would work well with Smartphones and open new capabilities for users. The connectivity feature is felt to be a strong point for this software and that it would provide benefits to BlackBerry users and in my opinion would be a strong selling point.

An interesting feature of the Dash program was that it allowed for connections to other Dash users and driving data can be shared amongst them. Whether RIM will keep that application in place is yet to be seen and no comment has been made on that front.

Another advantage for mobile workers to have the Dash program added to the BlackBerry offering of applications is that you have one less device to purchase and worry about. It continues with the all-in-one type theory of devices and doing more with less.

[Washington Post]

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