RIM Buys Developer The Astonishing Tribe To Improve PlayBook And Mobile UI

RIM has announced a purchase today—UI developer The Astonishing Tribe (a.k.a TAT). It looks like RIM will be using TAT’s talent to help improve the UI for Blackbery’s new tablet PlayBook as well as for its mobile smartphones. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As stated in a post: “Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM). We’re excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms.”

Based in Sweden, TAT has worked with pretty bring names brands Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and, Motorola on UI development and design projects. In fact, TAT actually designed the G1’s Android UI.