Today in Mobile

Research In Motion surprised some analysts last night when it posted an impressive second quarter and said it expects the third quarter to be even better. A closer look at the figures, though, shows that RIM’s future isn’t as rosy as it first appears. The company’s growth overseas — particularly in emerging markets — is “masking this weakness we’re seeing in North America,” one analyst opined. And I think RIM will continue to slip in more developed markets thanks to an OS that is simply inferior to iOS and Android when it comes to delivering the mobile web and other fun stuff consumers want to access on their phones. BlackBerry OS is rock-solid when it comes to the business side of things, but that’s a market that Apple and Google are quickly eating into.