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    RIM says BlackBerry Browser Will Match Mobile Safari Next Year

    I am on my second blackberry and I can tell you what all of you already know...that the BlackBerry's native browser isnt the quickest or the most convinient of browsers.

    Well I just got sent an article that makes one think relief might be just around the corner. He is what is said:

    The BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM)’s native browser is notoriously sluggish and awkward, but according to TD Securities analyst, Chris Umiastowski, RIM says it will be on par with the iPhone’s mobile Safari browser… eventually. Next summer, so they say. This is, of course, presuming RIM means they’ll keep pace with any improvements Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) makes between now and then as well, which is an awfully ambitious goal since there’s already such a gap in browsing quality between the two devices as it is now. I’m prone to think RIM could pull it off if they said they would match the iPhone’s current browsing experience after a year of work…

    Those of you who have been with BlackBerry for the last year: how much has the browser really changed? The biggest update happened when the Bold came out, where we got a cursor, video streaming, and moderately improved HTML rendering, which, though significant, weren’t what you’d call a revolution in mobile browsing. Some of the key fixes to the BlackBerry browser in the next year will be in the realm of memory management, more consistently-on Wi-Fi connections, and improved JavaScript handling, which sound just as incremental. If RIM could somehow, magically manage to support Flash by next summer, presumably before the iPhone does, then they might have something that could play with the big boys, but even in a year, I think we’ll still have to lean on third party options like Opera, Bolt, Skyfire, and eventually Fennec.


    What do you guys think will happen? Will we actually get flash support in the near future? Or will we have to stick with our third party apps?




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    Good news if it happens. And I hope that don't play catch up but rather surpass at this point

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    You aren't saying there is an app out there right now that supports flash, are you???

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyGrubz View Post
    You aren't saying there is an app out there right now that supports flash, are you???
    Skyfire supports Flash and is currently available on WinMo and Nokia phones.

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    Skyfire supports flash. Though it's in private testing. IMO, I would have liked to see the BB Browser have caught up to Mobile Safari by now. It's on of my biggest turns offs to BlackBerry and turn ons to the iPhone. Don't get me wrong though, this is great news.

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    I read that last night and fell out of my chair. Nice PR move but I will believe it when I see it. And by next year, when the 4th gen iPhone is released I am sure it will kick the pants off of RIM's browser. Just give me Skyfire and I'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlevy73 View Post
    I read that last night and fell out of my chair. Nice PR move but I will believe it when I see it. And by next year, when the 4th gen iPhone is released I am sure it will kick the pants off of RIM's browser. Just give me Skyfire and I'll be fine.
    Skyfire for the BlackBerry still needs alot of work IMO, it has improved some since the last leak but it is still slow and awkward to move around and zoom and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laney View Post
    Skyfire for the BlackBerry still needs alot of work IMO, it has improved some since the last leak but it is still slow and awkward to move around and zoom and such.
    I understand that but it's already being used on every WinMo and Nokia device in the world and Nokia makes a hell of a lot of phones. Yes it is in beta for BB but the question is why did it take so freaking long for BB to realize hey maybe we need a better browser. Is it because analysts say that the iPhone will pass BB in sales within 3 years??

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    Yeah....it sure will be with tons of bugs and reboots and so on

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    Quote Originally Posted by olta777 View Post
    Yeah....it sure will be with tons of bugs and reboots and so on
    kind of like OS 5.0 I am excited already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    Good news if it happens. And I hope that don't play catch up but rather surpass at this point
    Agree....it is important they stop playing the catch up game and start to surpass and show some real progress.
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    One thing that really concerns me about a browser like this would be the effect it could possible have on our outstanding battery life. I have tried other smartphones (iphone, android G1, and the palm pre) and trust me when I say that Blackberry is second to none on Battery life. Android G1's Battery life is pathetic. iPhone's isn't much better. The Palm pre's wasnt all that bad but it was no where near a Blackberry's Battery life.

    All of the above phones I just listed have super great browsers. I think my favorite was the Android browser. Pages were super easy to navigate and even with T-Mobiles sub par coverage the pages would still load really fast. A lot faster than the native BB's browser could ever load them. Still though, it seems using the browsers on these smartphones would just whoop the battery... even with wifi turned off.

    I would love to see a great Blackberry Browser that uses webkit but not at the cost of my battery life. When I need to view a full webpage, I just open up Opera Mini (who btw needs f*ing copy and paste support). I'm sure RIM will look for a win win solution. They have been very good at that thus far.

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    Just FYI guys....look for an announcement very soon that will get most of you excited on this subject...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotsman88 View Post
    Just FYI guys....look for an announcement very soon that will get most of you excited on this subject...
    Can't wait scotsman.

    Looking to see if this will be on my new 9550...(hands clasping each other as if to pray)

    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MePascal View Post
    Can't wait scotsman.

    Looking to see if this will be on my new 9550...(hands clasping each other as if to pray)

    Thanks for the info.
    not that excited....be realistic here :Eyecrazy:

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    check out BGR

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotsman88 View Post
    Just FYI guys....look for an announcement very soon that will get most of you excited on this subject...
    Why must you tease us like that scotsman?

    Droooooiiiiiid!
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    Thanks for the heads up :fing02:

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    While I wish BB Browser already supported Flash and was better the Mobile Safari currently... All I can say is better late then never. And that is only if they do get it, which it seems like they will. I wait with baited breathe

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