RIM acquires Torch Mobile, WebKit browser headed to BlackBerry phones

Torch Mobile
Well, now we know how RIM is planning to bring full Flash and Silverlight support to it’s phones. They’ve just acquired Touch Mobile, markers of the Windows Mobile WebKit based Iris Browser.

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.

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No word on the future of the Iris Browser though.

Update: “The company will no longer continue developing for Windows Mobile or Windows-CE.” - Torch Mobile

Source: Torch Mobile via BGR

  • Philippe Winthrop

    Is a Mobile Browser War Coming? Or Is It Already Over? http://bit.ly/16RvMk

  • Philippe Winthrop

    Is a Mobile Browser War Coming? Or Is It Already Over? http://bit.ly/16RvMk

  • admin

    Great blog post Phil.
    Microsoft is indeed in a hard place now when it comes to mobile browsers. So far IE Mobile on WinMo 6.5 doesn’t look impressive at all (due to the hardware or software?). What’s strnge is that the Zune HD browser (http://tinyurl.com/ouyxgm & http://tinyurl.com/p7okxh ) which is supposed to be based on IE Mobile looks 100x better (than IE Mobile on WM). I guess that we will have to wait t’ill Windows Mobile 7 launches to see how Microsoft is going to defend its self. For now Opera Mobile 9.7 is pretty good on WM phones.

  • admin

    Great blog post Phil.
    Microsoft is indeed in a hard place now when it comes to mobile browsers. So far IE Mobile on WinMo 6.5 doesn’t look impressive at all (due to the hardware or software?). What’s strnge is that the Zune HD browser (http://tinyurl.com/ouyxgm & http://tinyurl.com/p7okxh ) which is supposed to be based on IE Mobile looks 100x better (than IE Mobile on WM). I guess that we will have to wait t’ill Windows Mobile 7 launches to see how Microsoft is going to defend its self. For now Opera Mobile 9.7 is pretty good on WM phones.

  • Philippe Winthrop

    Thanks for the feedback on the blog post. It’s certainly an interesting turn of events in the mobile browser landscape.

  • Philippe Winthrop

    Thanks for the feedback on the blog post. It’s certainly an interesting turn of events in the mobile browser landscape.