updated 10:40 am EDT, Mon August 24, 2009
RIM Buys Torch for Browser
Software developer Torch Mobile on Monday hinted at Research in Motion's (RIM) future plans for the BlackBerry by confirming that it has been bought out by the Canadian smartphone maker. While the terms of the deal aren't known, Torch explicitly says it expects to bring its experience with developing WebKit-based browsers like Iris to BlackBerry devices. It will similarly continue to develop WebKit as part of its open-source nature.
The move signals a concerted effort by RIM to improve its standing in the mobile web that is also rumored to include adding Flash and Silverlight next year. RIM is one of the last major smartphone manufacturers to focus on modernizing its web browser and would be adopting the same basic rendering engine as smartphone browsers developed by Apple, Google and Nokia.
No timetable has been given for when RIM and Torch should complete the deal or when the first results of the collaboration should appear. [via BGR]