RIM Acquires Browser Developer Torch Mobile
According to Torch Mobile’s website, “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.” The site also explains that Torch Mobile’s team of skilled developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community. It's unclear if the Iris browser will continue to be available for Windows Mobile users.
The BlackBerry browser has been criticized by some as being behind other browsers such as the iPhone’s Safari browser. Recent rumors have suggested that RIM is working on Flash and Silverlight support for its BlackBerry line, but many wonder if the company’s current browsers are up to the challenge.
Will this purchase by RIM be the first step in upping the competition for mobile browsers? Time will tell, but Torch Mobile’s developers could certainly be an asset for RIM.