RIM Acquires Torch Mobile

by Henry Finn | Technology

RIM has purchased Toronto based software company Torch Mobile. The acquisition is expected to boost the performance of the Blackberry’s browser, which has often been criticized for its slow speeds and rendering of web pages. Torch Mobile’s primary product is the Iris Browser which uses the WebKit rendering engine similar to the iPhones Safari and Palm’s web OS browsers. The Iris Browser is designed to function with limited resources while still delivering the full web experience on mobile phones.

While Blackberry users are no doubt pleased to hear the browser will be improved it will still be some time before RIM’s new browser is available. Although Torch Mobile has ceased all of their previous development initiatives it will take them some time to begin their new projects at RIM. There are also rumors that RIM may be developing a full flash browser with Silverlight support but a upgrade in the Blackberry’s hardware and network speeds would need to happen before a full flash browser is feasible.

Regardless of how long it takes help is on the way for the Blackberry’s browser, analysts expect the new browsers could be showing up in late 2010.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

Torch Mobile
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Torch Mobile, an experienced developer of WebKit solutions, provides innovative and cutting-edge software applications and services for mobile and embedded devices. Since 2003, the individuals behind Torch Mobile have been acknowledged as experts in the Webkit development community. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has an office in Beijing, China. The Iris Browser is Torch... more

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Henry Finn

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Henry Finn is Techvibes Community Manager for the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Henry is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo where he majored in Economics and minored in Management, East Asian Studies, and International Studies. He is looking forward to showcasing some of Waterloo's latest tech startups and providing readers with an in depth informative read. Currently Henry is... more

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