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BlackBerry smartphone software to offer PDF document viewer

by | Aug 5, 2011

In the burgeoning smartphone market, Research In Motion is trying to keep up with the Apple iPhone and Android-powered devices.

The company recently announced several new versions of its BlackBerry Bold and Torch handsets to help boost sales. Both lines of phones will have the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system as well as some other perks.

Pre-loaded software for the smartphones includes the premium edition of Documents to Go, which is a native PDF document viewer, as well as document editing capabilities. The company has not announced the pricing of the new devices at this time.

“The BlackBerry solution offers a best-in-class mobile communications experience that customers love and we think they will be thrilled by the faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia delivered by these powerful new BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch smartphones,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of RIM.

The smartphone market continues to grow at a rapid pace. According to a recent study by Canalys, global shipments for smartphones grew 73 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2011 with nearly 108 million units.