RIM Eats Up Torch Mobile (Translation: BlackBerry's Going WebKit)

Another mobile software maker has fallen for the seductive charms of WebKit, and it's a biggie: RIM has acquired Torch Mobile—the company that makes the WebKit-based Iris browser—to "contribute to the BlackBerry platform". So long, asstastic BlackBerry browser.

Given that this company only makes one piece of software (currently unavailable), that they say their main contribution to the aforementioned "enhancement" will be "utilising [their]WebKit-based mobile browser expertise", and that WebKit has become the de facto standard for decent mobile web browsing over the last few years, it's not hard to guess what's going on here. Also interesting: This comes just a week after rumours that BlackBerrys would soon(ishly) support Flash and Silverlight out of the box.

Now that we know RIM is serious about WebKit, the only questions left start with "when?" When will BlackBerry OS ship with its first WebKit browser? And when will everyone else finally give up?

[Torch Mobile via BGR]

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