Iris (read: Webkit) Coming to BlackBerry as RIM Acquires TorchMobile

Posted by Mister Mobility

Thanks to a heads-up from WAP Review, we present you the much welcome news that RIM, manufacturers of BlackBerry smartphones, have acquired TorchMobile, the developers of the Webkit-based Iris browser.

By way of a refresher, I reviewed the Iris browser on back in February of this year, and came off with positive impressions.

I also recently tried out the BlackBerry 8900 Curve, and found a great letdown and show-stopper – the highly limited web browser. Now with RIM’s acquisition of Iris, we can look forward to seeing a more modern and more impressive browser on future BlackBerry devices.

New lease of life for web browsing on BlackBerries – currently let down by limited web browser capabilities.


Webkit is dominating the mobile browser engine scene more and more, being the core for great browsers as found on the iPhone, Symbian smartphones, and Android smartphones. That is a huge chunk of the market.

RIM’s acquisition is certainly a smart one. The BlackBerry platform is about to become more attractive to mobile web users.

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