We all know that the current BlackBerry Browser leaves much to be desired. Until the release of the new Webkit browser we’re stuck with this lackluster one. One gripe that BlackBerry users have with respect to the browser is its speed. Fortunately with a few setting tweaks in browser options you’ll notice a significant increase in your browsing speed.
When it comes to 3rd party web browsers for the BlackBerry, Bolt and Opera Mini aren’t the only options. We just caught wind of a new BlackBerry browser from Logicplant called uZard Web, and word on the street says it shows promise. uZard Web is currently in beta, however, it’s website says it delivers the same web browsing experience as on a PC. Even though the uZard Web download page says its for the BlackBerry Bold 9000, multiple devices are currently support, although the app is pretty useless (from my experience) on the BlackBerry Storm. If you’d like to give uZard Web a go for yourself you can download it from the link below…
Say what you want about Research in Motion, but, you have to give them credit when it comes to providing users with options. In an iPhone world, Apple provides you with features and you either learn to like them or buy another product. That being said, I hope that Flash in the upcoming BlackBerry 6 browser will allow users to enable or disable the loading of Flash content. When I think of RIM’s focus on security as they design devices it would lead you to believe Flash will not only be an optional feature but off by default. I am not sure if this is a good thing for Adobe or end user experience but I can already see the reports, BlackBerry 6 Browser Sluggish Due to Flash. Essentially replay every article being written about Flash and Android today.
Opera Mini 5 is now out of beta. I haven’t tested it out yet, however, knowing how much better the beta was than the native BlackBerry Browser I feel pretty confident in saying that this is a must download for BlackBerry Storm and Storm2 users.
Download Opera Mini 5: http://m.opera.com
The WebKit BlackBerry Browser is coming. It will support HTML5, CSS3, and DOM L3. Personally I cannot wait until this thing comes out.
Here is a pretty good leaked video of the WebKit BlackBerry Browser in action…
Update: WebKit BlackBerry Browser demonstrated at MWC 2010. It looks pretty slick…
You may have heard that Research in Motion has been working on a new Webkit based BlackBerry Browser that they say will be on par with that found on the iPhone by the summer of this year. To let the world know that they were serious, RIM purchased Torch Mobile, makers of the Webkit IRIS browser back in August of last year. Just the other day RIM filed a patent application describing a proxy based web browsing scheme similar to that found in Opera Mini, and recenytly, analysts over at Canaccord Adams have gone on the record stating they believe the new BlackBerry Browser will be out before May and that the experience will be a “game changer“.
I believe that many BlackBerry users are eagerly anticipating the new WebKit based BlackBerry browser to that is supposed to be on par with, if not better than, mobile browsers currently found on devices like those running Android, Web OS, and even the iPhone OS. The BlackBerry Browser, however, isn’t the only thing RIM is looking at to improve your web browsing experience on the BlackBerry.
A new patent application recently filed by Research in Motion aims to speed up communication between the web and your web browser by installing a proxy server of sorts directly on your device.
It was a pretty good indication that Research in Motion has big plans for it’s BlackBerry Browser when it acquired Torch Mobile, makers of the WebKit based IRIS browser. It looks like the company is chugging away on their promise to have a BlackBerry Browser “on par with the iPhone“, by next summer and they are looking for a little help.
If you take a look over at LinkedIn, you can find a job posting for a WebKit Developer at Research in Motion.
We are currently looking for a talented and passionate individual to join a growing team within the BlackBerry Platform organization. Utilizing their expert knowledge in C++ programming, the successful candidate will be working in a fast-paced, dynamic development environment to develop a WebKit-based browser for the BlackBerry Platform.
You can check the full job posting out here.
[Via BlackBerry Cool]
In this video of what I believe to be a Rogers BlackBerry Storm 9520, Scott4551 demonstrates web browsing via Wi-Fi. All I’ve got to say is that I certainly hope this improves by the time the BlackBerry Storm 2 ships.
Download speeds are faster, but, other than that, things look pretty much the same as they do on the original BlackBerry Storm.
You may have heard that RIM intends for the BlackBerry Browser to be on par with the iPhone by next summer. What you may not have known is that the new and improved BlackBerry Browser will include full support for Flash and Silverlight as well.
We just hope that when RIM does release a new BB Browser that it doesn’t feel “last year” compared to whatever Apple does on the iPhone. We doubt seriously that they will be standing still waiting for the BlackBerry to catch up.