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RIM buys TinyHippos for development tools

Research In Motion has purchased cross-platform emulation specialist TinyHippos for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced on Friday.TinyHippos, best known for its Ripple mobile emulator, will join the BlackBerry Developer team but the company said it expects to still offer Ripple for download, as well as working to bring BlackBerry support to the emulator.

Research In Motion has purchased cross-platform emulation specialist TinyHippos for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced on Friday.

TinyHippos, best known for its Ripple mobile emulator, will join the BlackBerry Developer team but the company said it expects to still offer Ripple for download, as well as working to bring BlackBerry support to the emulator.

"This is a great step towards our goal of providing a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool to developers worldwide," TinyHippos said in an announcement on its website. "Specifically, we will be working to bring BlackBerry support to the Ripple product."

Research In Motion (RIM) said the purchase fits neatly with its ongoing strategy of integrating web technologies such as HTML 5 and BlackBerry WebWorks into its developer platform.

On Thursday, RIM confirmed that it would allow Android apps to run on its upcoming PlayBook tablet. Android apps will need to be repackaged by developers and will be distributed via RIM's BlackBerry App World.