I have a Palm Treo but am planning to get rid of a it in favor of a
much thinner and hopefully better BlackBerry (of some kind). Maybe it’s
the annoyance of seeing all the other BlackBerry users on the train
platform happily scrolling through email while I click and clack my way
through my Treo that’s causing me to want to change.
This leads me to let you know that Lenovo and RIM,
makers of BlackBerry, are getting together to offer something really
cool, boost productivity and save you some money. The next time you
receive and/or send a message on your BlackBerry, if Lenovo has its
way, you’ll be able to wirelessly synchronize your BlackBerry and
Lenovo notebook. This means that if you can’t get access to a network
(WiFi or other wise) you can still use the full power of your notebook
to communicate via email through bluetooth synchronization of your
BlackBerry and Lenovo notebook.
This is all part of a strategy for Lenovo and BlackBerry to work closer together to make mobile professionals more productive.
According to the press release Lenovo Constant Connect, the first
solution developed by Lenovo, will leverage the strengths of the
BlackBerry solution and Lenovo ThinkPad laptops to deliver an
unparalleled user experience for flexible, real-time access to
enterprise-based email. Lenovo Constant Connect will allow enterprise
email received on a user’s BlackBerry smartphone to be automatically
synchronized via Bluetooth onto the user’s ThinkPad laptop – even if
the ThinkPad laptop is off – without the user having to take any
This level of integration and availability dramatically improves
access to email on the Lenovo ThinkPad laptop from wherever a
BlackBerry smartphone can access a connection. In addition to greater
flexibility and convenience, it can also reduce the need to use the
laptop with fee-based Wi-Fi networks. Lenovo Constant Connect is
expected to be available from Lenovo and its business partners in the
second quarter of 2009 in the U.S, and to be rolled out in markets
around the world later in 2009.
“With more and more mobile professionals relying on both their
BlackBerry smartphone and ThinkPad laptop PC, we view better
integration between the two devices as a necessity. Today’s
announcement is the first step in combining these best-in-class
solutions to deliver a more useful and powerful mobile work
experience,” said Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing.
This kind of innovation is what mobile professionals really must
look at when they are considering which mobile platform to rely on for
the growth of their business. While at the end of the day, many
notebooks are very similar: long battery life, durability, competitive
prices and more, innovations like this are what makes one notebook
vendor different from another.
If you use a BlackBerry a lot, keep your eyes tuned to future developments from Lenovo and BlackBerry.