Now part of RIM, Gist unveils contact organizer app on BlackBerry

Well, you probably saw this one coming. Gist today unveiled its first BlackBerry app, a launch that comes less than three months after Research In Motion (the maker of BlackBerry) acquired the Seattle startup company. Gist already offered its contact management service for the iPhone and Android, and certainly one of the reasons why RIM bought the company was to bring the functionality to the BlackBerry. What will be interesting to watch is how much new functionality now gets added to the BlackBerry app versus other mobile versions.

The new BlackBerry app is coming with a new feature called “Get the Gist” in which users can see contact information, status updates and notes for that particular person by opening an email or calendar invite.

Led by T.A. McCann, Gist was backed by Foundry Group and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures.

RIM is making a series of announcements today, including a new service called BlackBerry Balance which is designed to make it easier to use the smartphones for both work and personal purposes.  It also unveiled the new BlackBerry Bold smartphone.

You can check it out the new app in this company video:


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  • http://blog.valueappeal.com Charlie Walsh

    Too bad it only works on one Blackberry model…not mine

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com FrankCatalano

    What an amazingly lame announcement. Calling it “Gist for BlackBerry smartphones” and then making it ONLY available for the BlackBerry Torch?

    What about those of us who have other models, including those with keyboards (e.g., Tour or Curve)? It would be great if BlackBerry or Gist could clear up whether any other model will get Gist functionality. Because if I have to buy a new phone to get it, I’ll be looking at platforms other than just BlackBerry for overall functionality and may not stick with RIM.