Feeds

RIM joins WebKittens litter with Torch-Mobile buy

Blackberry ripens

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry, has acquired Torch Mobile, developers of the WebKit-based Iris Browser.

A brief posting on Torch Mobile's blog says: "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."

It appears that RIM is finally getting serious about providing a decent browser for its popular corporate tool.

News of the acquisition comes just days after The Boy Genius Report posted the news that RIM was planning on full Flash - not Flash Lite - and Microsoft Silverlight support for a new browser to be released next year. The Reg was unable to get Adobe, RIM, or Microsoft to comment on that report.

RIM is a bit late to joining the WebKit party. Other smartphones, including the Apple iPhone, Palm Pre, devices based on Google's Android, and phones running Nokia's S60 Platform on Symbian OS are all based on the open-source, KHTML-based WebKit engine.

WebKit may not be an official standard, but its wide adoption certainly gives it de facto standard status. RIM apparently agrees, and its acquisition of Torch Mobile moves it closer to joining the fold.

Terms of the acquisition were not announced. ®

Business security measures using SSL

More from The Register

next story
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.