BlackBerry Will Have a New WebKit-based Browser…Soon!

14 thoughts on “BlackBerry Will Have a New WebKit-based Browser…Soon!”

  1. I don’t believe RIM even cares about competing with Apple and Android devices. They do things well for corporations where an iTunes like store, touch screens, and even a browser matter way less than at your local phone store.

  2. There are some things they’re NOT going to want to lose from the old “last-century”, “useless” browser, such as:

    • Ease of sending a link to the current page via email
    • Find within page
    

    I hope they won’t take Apple’s tacky hacky approach to adding find-in-page:

    1. Locate a find-in-page bookmarklet
    2. Bookmark it on your Computer
    3. Sync to your iPhone
    4. Use the bookmarklet on the iPhone

    Didn’t Apple used to stand for seamless ease of use?

  3. I think the problem is that RIM would have INSTANTLY crushed the networks if they introduced a bandwidth hogging browser like Apple’s because RIM already had millions of users on the networks whereas Apple was starting from nothing (and even so, Apple created a mess with networks in many cities as they grew). So, I think it would have been a much bigger travesty for RIM to simply/blindly follow the pack without any consideration of network loading. I understand they are building a browser that is both fast and efficient. I would like it to be here today too, but I suspect their short term sacrifice will pay long term dividends. Besides, they are still outselling Apple so there are obviously more people who value all of Blackberry’s advantages as a communications device (let’s face it, we don’t all spend hours a day browsing on our phone and downloading and quickly discarding useless apps – and if you do, I suggest you get an ipod touch for your coffee table and a Blackberry for your pocket).

  4. Do you really think the browser will be available “soon”? RIM’s software updates aren’t exactly released with gazelle-like speed. I’m hoping for a summer releasing but expecting a late fall launch. Will I still use a BlackBerry as my primary phone in late 2010? Probably not.

  5. Om, it’s my understanding that the Webkit-based browser team dates back to the time that RIM was busy launching their Mango rendering engine – the engine that shipped with the original Bold. Both teams went to work around the same time, with the Mango team releasing first, and the Webkit team taking longer to port the code over to the BlackBerry environment. I don’t think it’s that far away, but yeah, having an early beta would have been nice – though when’s the last time you’ve seen RIM release beta software? 🙂

  6. RIM has confusing signals coming from them. They heavily promoted the start of their app store but till today it has not seen wide usage. Looking back, they have not come up with any innovative products since their launch of Black Berry; they are stagnant while all others are racing to launch new innovative products. I agree with most of what you have said on this piece.

  7. This post & discussion couldn’t come at a more timely moment for me… I just this weekend bought an iPhone, and I’m already regretting it. “Everybody” says to give it more time. I’m wondering how “more time” is going to fix 6- to 8-hour battery life, lack of the BlackBerry’s AWESOME available-everywhere auto-text, clumsy email app and other glaring shortfalls on the iPhone.

    My number one reason for switching was the geriatric BlackBerry browser. That, and the BlackBerry camera app, which is miles and miles behind the iPhone’s.

    I’m about 70%/30% on coming back to the fold. A decent browser would help a lot, but I’m with Raymond Padilla: I’m not holding my breath for a new BlackBerry browser.

  8. Om Malik…as always with analyst like yourself your opinions don’t really match reality. Blackberry users know about the bb browser if they really care about that feature they would have bought something else…iphone, android, etc.
    So I don’t know why you think all of the sudden they would start to loose market share…last time I checked it was the no.1 smartphone in the US and no.2 world wide. The market has demonstrated the strength of the bb brand. these improvements will only strengthen their position.

    1. KenC

      Of course at one point GM was the #1 car company in the world. The point is that they are not reacting fast enough. IN the past they had not much competition, but now the world is moving very fast and as a company they are failing to keep up with times. Whatever you have to say may make sense to me, I am just pointing out the reality of the market.

    2. Om Malik’s reply is perfect in showing RIM’s problem that you don’t understand. They may be the best right now but they have failed to innovate. RIM has been the dominant leader and still is but they are stagnant. Soon Android and winmo (especially with winmo 7) and webOs and others will become just as proficient with exchange and be a viable enterprise phone and all of these OS’s are trying to while RIM is just being Stagnant. 5.0 OS brought one good thing: True threaded texting. 6.0 needs to innovate or RIM will start losing some customers in the years to come.

    3. Om M. — your proposition and reply to this original post is a bit circular in logic and self-justifying. Sure, the iPhone may have an ‘innovative’ browser, but it also has a ‘non-innovative’ email system. BlackBerry, on the other hand, has the reverse characteristics. Yet, your conclusion is that Blackberry will decline while the iPhone will not, though your observations are about the same two traits. Why is that?

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