RIM Retools Blackberry Browser With WebKit Foundation

Blackberry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has taken the wrappers off from a new faster, smoother web browser for its highly popular smartphone on Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

Tailored to match the performance delivered by Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone and Palm WebOS, the new browser from RIM is based on WebKit open source browser-engine, and is touted to provide users with better web browsing experience, with faster file downloads and better presentation of web pages.

The browser was announced by Mike Lazaridis, co-chief executive of RIM, in an event at the MWC expo in Barcelona.

Blackberry was lagging behind its rivals, like iPhone and Android-powered devices, in terms of the internet browser capabilities. In order to bridge this gap, the company snapped up a browser-design company, Torch Mobile, last year.

The new WebKit-powered browser was demonstrated marking 100 percent in the web-rendering Acid 3 test, as well as boasts of the capability to handle CSS, HTML5, and AJAX well.

Additionally, the browser can also zoom, scroll, and pan through the loaded web pages, and the company purports it to be more network-efficient than other mobile browsers present in the market.

Speaking about its features, Lazaridis, said: “You'll see how fast it downloads, how quickly it renders and how smooth it scrolls and zooms in”.

Our Comments

Research in Motion is launching pre-emptive strikes before it is too late. Getting more aggressive when it comes to front and back end (notably with the launch of a free version of its Blackberry Enterprise Server) seems to be part of the equation.

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