Celio Corp has announced that it will soon release the software necessary to allow several BlackBerry models to use the Redfly Mobile Companion, an accessory that turns a smartphone into a netbook.
The company said today that BlackBerry version will be available in mid-Q4, which means sometime around November. A Windows Mobile version has been available since last year.
This software will be offered free-of-charge for current and new users of the Redfly C8N and C7.
“Adding BlackBerry support for Redfly is a logical next step due to RIM’s overwhelming acceptance in the enterprise market. BlackBerry compatibility also answers the call from our community and customers to give them the REDFLY experience on RIM devices,” said Kirt Bailey, president and CEO of Celio Corp. “We’re confident BlackBerry users will enjoy having a larger screen and keyboard for typing e-mails and editing documents, and become more productive and efficient.”
Celio has put out a video demonstrating a BlackBerry connected to a Redfly:
More About the Redfly
The Redfly is a laptop-shaped device that can be used to give a smartphone a larger display, full keyboard, mouse, and USB ports. Essentially, it turns a smartphone into a netbook.
There are two versions:
- The Redfly C8N has an 8-inch display and a media port. It sells for $250.
- The Redfly C7, which has a 7-inch screen, is selling for $200.
Aside from the screen size, these models have much in common, including screen resolution — WVGA (800×480). And they have USB and VGA-out ports.
They offer up to 8 hours of battery life, and can charge the smartphone they are connected to.
Both Redfly models can be found on Celio’s website.
This device is currently compatible with more than 70 Windows phones, and support for Google’s Android OS is expected soon.