Research in Motion (RIM) has recently updated their smartphone operating system to version 5.0 for all their new BlackBerries, and will be rolling out upgrades to most of their older BlackBerries still in production. This new operating system is already present on the recently released Storm2 and has also been made available to those running the original Storm BlackBerry.
The new operating system adds improved visuals, better speed and memory management, more useful text prediction, as well as expanded API’s for application developers. Improvements were also made to the built in BlackBerry Browser which is now visibly faster, and supporting a greater number of standards and formats.
This is in part reflected by the much improved score that the BlackBerry Browser earns on the Acid3 test. The Acid3 test is a standards compatibility test that is aimed at making sure that web browsers support the W3C’s recommended standards for web compatibility. As mobile browsers continue to improve, it is important that they can also support the full range of web standards.
With an agreement with Adobe to work on flash integration, and the recent acquisition of mobile browser company Torch Mobile, the BlackBerry Browser should continue to improve.
The author of this article is a developer of BlackBerry software. Most of which is avalible through BlackBerry AppWorld.