Research in Motion Acquires WebKit Maker

Torch Mobile, a software manufacturer who’s core product WebKit-based Iris Browser is a high performance browser for mobile and embedded devices, has been acquired by Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) for an undisclosed amount of money, Toronto-based Torch disclosed on its Web site.

“Our team of developers will join RIM’s global organization and will now be focused on utilizing our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry platform,” Torch said in the announcement.

Now that we know RIM is serious about WebKit, the open source web rendering engine, which is integrated into lots of desktops including Apple’s Safari (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android browser, Chrome browser, and Palm’s WebOS (NASDAQ:PALM), it’s only normal to assume that a new and improved version of WebKit-based Blackberry Web Browser it’s likely on the way!

By acquiring a well-known and experienced WebKit team, Research in Motion will concentrate more to enhance the BlackBerry platform and of course the web browsing experience.

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