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RIM Acquires App Development Tool Maker TinyHippos

Blackberry maker Research in Motion has moved to acquire mobile app development and testing tool maker tinyHippos.

The company specialises in making cross-platform development tools that offer a web based environment to developers to test their applications before launching them.

RIM primarily acquired tinyHippos for its multi-platform mobile environment emulator called Ripple, which comes as an extension for Google Chrome. The web app allows developers to test the performance of their applications on several mobile environments straight from their web browser.

According to Tech Crunch, the platform, which was launched back in 2009, also allows developers to test and debug HTML 5 based mobile apps. Ripple also lets developers test the device and screen resolutions of their apps.

RIM plans to integrate Ripple into its developer platform to enhance its developer tool offerings for Blackberry and PlayBook app makers.

“This is a great step towards our goal of providing a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool to developers worldwide. Specifically, we will be working to bring BlackBerry support to the Ripple product,” the tinyHippos team said in a blog post.

The company also said that Ripple will be available for download as before, and the team will continue to add more features to the platform and provide support to their partners.