BlackBerry Previews the Webkit Browser

Posted on 16. Feb, 2010 by in BlackBerry

BlackBerry Dev WebKitMike Lazaridis gave a keynote today at Mobile World Congress 2010, one of the most exciting (or disappointing) aspects was the preview of the upcoming WebKit browser for BlackBerry. RIM announced the development of the WebKit browser at the BlackBerry Developer Conference back in November and it’s good to see the preview already.  The browser is said to have improved panning and zooming to create a seamless end user experience. It is said to load pages quickly  and dynamic markup like Javascript and AJAX are fast and responsive. However, here are a few things I noticed watching the video:

  1. Yes, the pages do seem to load quickly, but the device is connected to WiFi, when I am connected to the WiFi network at work, my Storm 2 browser is very fast
  2. There is no mention of flash support, yesterday we heard the same story that Adobe and Rim are working together to bring Flash to BlackBerry Smartphones, but when?! It does however support HTML5, CSS3, and DOML3 as well as the Widget standards – BlackBerry Widgets and JIL Widgets
  3. The scrolling and zooming, while faster, seemed pretty jumpy. It reminded me of the early days of the Bolt Browser which has come a long way since then, so hopefully this one will follow suit.

All said the browser does look like an improvement over the current antiquated browser we all love to hate. Ready to see the video? See it after the jump. And let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source BlackBerry Developer’s Blog

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