Torch Mobile, makers of the Iris browser, acquired by RIM; web browsing on a BlackBerry to suck less

Torch Mobile, who make the Iris mobile web browser for Windows Mobile devices, has been acquired by Research in Motion for an undisclosed sum of money. This piece of information was on their website:

torchmobileTorch 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.

Looks like RIM’s fighting words from less than 2 weeks ago about making a mobile browser that will be on par with that of the iPhone wasn’t just hype, RIM is really trying to make this happen.

[Hat tip to the Boy Genius]

  • HereAndNow

    Cool!

    Now, all of the “native” iPhone, Android, WebOS, Symbian & Blackberry browsers will be WebKit-based. That will make it MUCH easier for developers to create web sites & applications that:

    1. render consistently, across all of the major smartphone OSes (including WinMo, if a 3rd-party WebKit browser is installed).

    2. utilize HTML5.

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