Bye Bye Tungle.Me, RIM Shuts It Down, Team To Focus On BlackBerry 10 Calendar App

Since acquiring Tungle back in the Spring of 2011, Research In Motion has been quiet as to what they planned to do with the technology and team, although they have been working on the social calender app that is on Blackberry Playbook devices.  Eventually all parties must come to an end, or evolution as Tungle Founder Marc Gingras took to the company’s blog to post the following message:

Tungle began in 2006 to make finding times to meet with colleagues, clients and contacts as quick and easy as possible. In April of 2011, we were acquired by Research in Motion (RIM) with the goal of bringing the Tungle vision to millions of BlackBerry customers. After our acquisition we quickly went to work and built the BlackBerry Playbook Calendar app. Now, our team is creating the native Calendar app for the next generation platform, BlackBerry 10, and together with other key RIM employees, we are driving innovation in Messaging (email), Contacts, Notes and Memos apps.

All of our new responsibilities within RIM are very exciting; however, it hasn’t left much time for innovation on the core Tungle product over the past year, as we’re sure you have noticed. To make the most of our new focus, we have sadly decided it is time to shut down the standalone Tungle service.

As of Monday, December 3rd, 2012 we will shut down the standalone Tungle service. You will continue to be able to use your page until then to schedule meetings and share calendars. We know our dedicated members rely on Tungle every day to manage their calendars and we don’t want to leave you out to dry, so we suggest you check out Doodle to replace Tungle in December.

We appreciate all the support you have given us over the years and hope our efforts on BlackBerry 10 will bring the same dedication and excitement.

Although RIM is shutting down the service, the team will be shifting their efforts to work on Blackberry 1o initiatives. At the end of the day is good news for Research In Motion (RIM)  as they need all hands on deck if they are going to have any place at the table with so many smart phones are already in the market and will be coming next year.  Most recently Apple launched their iPhone 5 which has pretty much gotten praise from everyone and anyone (well those who like Apple that is – I’m still not a fan), and HP’s Meg Witman (xx) went on record recently stating HP will come out with a smartphone again in the near future.