RIM to slingshot past the competition with uber browser in 2010?

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by Mike
Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Make no mistake, RIM’s current BlackBerry browser sucks and sucks big time. It’s always sucked. Those who disagree obviously aren’t using the internet as it was meant to be used — flash, javascript, ajax, and so on. Flash is still a sticking point for many other mobile browsers in the market but the rest of that list is a rather common affair now.

After acquiring Torch Mobile last year, rumors and speculation of a completely revamped BlackBerry browser almost immediately began. After a solid two years of complaints centering around the archaic browser, it seemed RIM had finally opened up their ears to their customers. So what’s the current status on this new browser?

The latest info we’ve heard has the browser being completely re-developed from the ground up and based on Webkit — a far cry from the POS Java relic BB’s currently run. RIM is gunning to take it even further than “just a webkit” browser however. Previously leaked documents and other claims from various sources have RIM tightly integrating their BIS/BES services and server side technology into the mix (which any Opera Mini users should know…) greatly speeds up browsing speeds, rending accuracy, and manages to drastically cut down on bandwidth.

RIM is pretty damn good at doing some big things over limited bandwidth allotments so this frankenstein browser has to be good.

Even though I don’t use a BlackBerry day to day, I have connections and Berry’s available to test if need be. This new uber BlackBerry browser will certainly be one of the biggest updates for the BlackBerry OS in recent memory (if ever). Keep checking back for more info as the story develops.

Think RIM’s hybrid webkit/server cached browser combo will jump ahead of the competition (read: Android and iPhone browsers)?
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  • Jake
    February 8, 2010 at 11:09 am
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    I could see Blackberry catching up seeing as how they are building a webkit based browser, and possibly having the fastest browser… If it is anything like their other services being pumped from BIS will be their strength and weakness because when BIS goes down the browser will go down with it.

  • Blake
    February 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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    Sweet deal, if you do find a way to test this out, please let me know. I feel like Fred Flinstone using the BB browser.

    • Mike
      February 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm
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      you can be sure that if/when i get my hands on the new browser or info about ill share it with everyone here. :)

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