The buyout is good news for BlackBerry owners, as the handset's default browser is lackluster at best. That said, it will probably be a while before end users feel any effect from the acquisition. The mobile browser Iris is widely used on Windows Mobile devices, but the deal will cease development for that platform.
This purchase is one of RIM's many attempts to maintain traction in the smartphone race. The company has faced stiff competition, with Apple rapidly consuming market share. In early June, RIM scooped up ailing GPS company Dash Navigation.