BlackBerry maker RIM has acquired tinyHippos, a startup whose product, Ripple, will be a help to developers to test mobile applications on various platforms.
maker Research In Motion has acquired startup tinyHippos and with it Ripple
, a mobile environment emulator that
makes it possible to test mobile applications across various platforms.
team-from RIM's own hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada-has experience in
Web, mobile Web and widget development, Tyler Lessard, vice president of global
alliances and developer relations at RIM, said in March 25 post
on RIM's developer blog.
been integrating support for Web technologies like HTML5 and BlackBerry
WebWorks into our developer platform, and working to continually deliver
enhanced tools and frameworks to our developer community," Lessard wrote.
"We look forward to working with the team at tinyHippos to further provide
a simplified and streamlined experience to our developers."
tinyHippos site, co-founder and CTO Dan Silvestru wrote the team was excited
about its future at RIM and bringing BlackBerry support to Ripple.
want to reassure all new and existing users that we expect that the Ripple
product will continue to be offered for download and the team will continue to
develop features, provide support and help grow the mobile-application
developer community," wrote Silvestru.
quarters, RIM's smartphones have faced tough competition from Apple and
Android-running devices. Its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, scheduled to begin
shipping April 19, is likely to face many of the same challenges-not only the
need to deliver industry-leading hardware but a fully stocked applications
store. In part to address this, RIM announced last week that the PlayBook would
be able to run ported applications for Android 2.3, known as
currently building for the BlackBerry or Android platforms will be able to
quickly and easily port their apps to run on the BlackBerry Tablet OS, thanks
to a high degree of API compatibility," RIM said in a March 24 statement.
"The new optional app players will be available for download from
BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure 'sandbox' on the BlackBerry
PlayBook where the BlackBerry Java or Android apps can be run."
the blogosphere have since come complaints about the PlayBook's lack of support
for Android 3.0, or "Honeycomb," Google's version of the OS designed
specifically for tablets.
During RIM's most recent earnings announcement
March 24, co-CEO Jim Balsillie addressed RIM's more modest
application numbers compared with the offerings-of varying quality and
usefulness-stocking Google's and Apple's marketplaces.
really just not interested in this sort of religious application tonnage issue.
I really think we've put that issue to bed," Balsillie said. "If you
think the whole world's going to want to develop for Gingerbread, fine. But do
I think that's going to happen? Then, why is there a different platform for
about "tonnage," he added, "All the tonnage in Android is in
Gingerbread. It's not in -Honeycomb.' So you have to ask the real tough
question: When are you going to see tonnage in Honeycomb, and how's it going to
additionally described the PlayBook as "a winner" that RIM has
thoroughly "future-proofed." And despite declining to offer guidance
on how many units the company expects to sell, Balsillie said that a number of
enterprise clients had reached out about ordering tens of thousands of units
RIM's purchase of tinyHippos, neither company disclosed the financial details
of the deal.