It is rumored the RIM has paired up with YOU i Labs the developer of the HTC Sense UI. If this is true the RIM has The Astonishing Tribe and YOU i Labs working on the next generation BlackBerry UI. RIM tried to acquire YOU i Labs but ended up entering a partnership of sorts.
Here is what GigaOM, had to say:
My sources in the mobile design industry have indicated that a deal was in the works between the two companies. Initially it seemed that RIM was going to buy YOU i Labs, but in the end it turned out to be a significant partnership between the two companies.
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The deal would be a boost for RIM, which has been focusing more on improving the user experience on its devices. RIM, last December, bought The Astonishing Tribe or TAT, a Swedish UI design firm to help improve tablet and smartphone UI design. YOU i Labs develops user experience and interface technologies for mobile devices of all kinds including tablets, smartphones and other mobile electronics. The company boasts that nearly 500 million devices are running software developed by the company.
According to GigaOM, YOU i Labs works with Teknision, the company that designed the Playbook UI. Please feel free to share your thought on this rumor in the comments. We really hope this rumor is true because this will make the best BlackBerry Experience ever!