RIM to offer BlackBerry users a browser as good as the iPhone's Safari by next summer?

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RIM to offer BlackBerry users a browser as good as the iPhone's Safari by next summer?
In a video offered by brokerage firm TD Securities, analyst Chris Umiastowski spoke for 17 minutes on how RIM was doing in the consumer smartphone space vs. Apple as far as features are concerned, and naturally the topic of browsing came up. While the analyst did not say where his info came from, according to Crackberry, it appeared obvious that someone high up the executive ladder at RIM was the source. And the reason why this is important will become clear to you.

According to the analyst, RIM is aware that there are shortcomings in terms of browsing on a 'Berry, specifically zooming and panning. the Canadian manufacturer says the isue is an on-device one that has to do with a shortage of device RAM and is fixable. RIM says that it expects to have a browser on par with the iPhone's Safari by next summer. Another problem that will be fixed has to do with Javascript support. This is currently disabled on newly shipped handsets because of its tendency to slow down the browser. By this fall, new devices will be shipped with the Javascript enabled.

Finally, RIM has discovered why a BlackBerry  running on Wi-Fi, can often run slower than if it were running on EDGE. the problem has to do with battery management which sometimes puts the Wi-Fi radio to sleep. Again, this is another problem that RIM will fix.

source: TDNewcrest via Crackberry

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10 Comments

1. Raiderjoe

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

very good video.

2. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

I am a big fan of RIM and their products. I am excited they seem to finally be focusing on expanding their consumer appeal and making their devices more appealing. But my problem is that I don't think they are trying hard enough. Their goal should not be to match the IPhone by next year. It should be to beat it. If IPhone comes out with something new (HTML5, Flash) will RIM try to add that in the following years? Don't just reach the current standard, set a new one. I know RIM currently as many advantages with their devices and no company can be the best in everything but web browsing should be near the top of the list of things to be the best at. I look forward to 5.0 and and all future releases from RIM.

3. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

That was a great point.

4. matistight

Posts: 982; Member since: May 13, 2009

iphone killed on the blackberry, but the iphone is a toy and people using email or adults are better off with throwing away the blackberry storm...and buying a blackberry bold, blackberry tour (if cdma, or you can unlock it), or a blackberry javalin 8900. dont touch the 8530 or whatever the new blackberry is for t-mobile

5. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

Excellent video. Everything stated is 100% correct.

6. MUZIK808

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

I dont get it. If I wanted an iPhone, I would buy one. I love my STORM. And I love my OPERA MINI Browser.

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i LOVE my storm too :-). and the opera mini browser is great too.

8. ddripp

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

what make it worst for RIM is that APPLE just enter the phone business a little over 2yrs. imagine 6 yrs from now, and how long RIM been doing it again??? probably BC... LMFAO IPHONE FTW

9. Rager099

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 06, 2009

lol tru... RIM better think of something quick n fast... not much time when you competing with apple... we see how fast apple rolls out phones...

10. MTLance unregistered

That vid is so true. Kodos to that. I'm glad I'm having the iPhone 32GB 3GS right now, instead of waiting for Storm 2. LOL RIM is in such a big trouble if it won't catch up fast enough. I mean look at Palm Pre :O, it's tie with Palm and Apple atm.

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