RIM acquires Torch Mobile: Gets serious about browsers

RIM acquires Torch Mobile: Gets serious about browsers

Summary: Research in Motion appears to be serious about improving its mobile browser. Now, RIM is putting some money behind the effort via the acquisition of mobile browser developer Torch Mobile.

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Research in Motion appears to be serious about improving its mobile browser. Now, RIM is putting and undisclosed amount of money behind the effort via the acquisition of mobile browser developer Torch Mobile.

Torch Mobile has been a contributor to the WebKit project, which is the technology foundation for Apple's Safari browser on the iPhone. WebKit is also the base for browsers on the Palm Pre and Android devices. In a statement on its site, Torch Mobile said:

Torch Mobile is excited to announce that our company has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM), one of the most renowned mobile technology companies in the world. Our team of developers will join RIM’s global organization and will now be focused on utilizing our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry platform.

Torch Mobile’s team of highly skilled developers has been actively involved in Open Source development and includes contributors, Commiters and Reviewers of the WebKit project. As part of RIM, these developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community.

Specifically, Torch Mobile makes the Iris browser and RIM's bet appears to be that it needs to get involved with Webkit. What's odd here is that Iris is available for Windows Mobile, Windows CE, Qt embedded and Qtopia. There will be some work to bring Iris to the BlackBerry.

Here's a demo of what RIM just bought:

Topics: Browser, Mobility, BlackBerry, Software Development

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  • They will stop providing this for WM

    http://www.wmexperts.com/rim-purchases-torch-mobile-iris-browser-windows-mobile-will-be-discontinued

    [i]The company will no longer continue developing for Windows Mobile or Windows-CE.[/i]

    Too bad, now that we are entering another phase where web standards need not apply and mobile websites are specifically written for WebKit, other, more standards compliant browsers need not apply, this is quite a loss to the WM platform.
    NonZealot
  • RE: RIM acquires Torch Mobile: Gets serious about browsers

    RIM is run by two faceless suits. they might as well be run by
    Blowhard Ballmer, since they do not seem to have a clue
    about what the market wants.
    cameljockey
  • RE: cameljockey

    *edit* hit wrong button. This was toward
    cameljockey's post above.

    You're right. RIM has no clue about what the
    market
    wants which explains why they sold more BBs
    this year
    than any other phone. It also explains why
    they were
    just named Fortune's #1 fastest growing
    company. Just
    imagine what they could do if they actually
    made phones
    that people liked!
    dave421
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