Iris Browser

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Iris Browser
Iris glower.png
Developer(s) Torch Mobile
Stable release 1.1.9 (July 6, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-07-06)) [±]
Platform Windows Mobile, Windows CE, Qt
Type Microbrowser
License Proprietary
Website Torch Mobile Iris

Iris Browser was a web browser for Windows Mobile smartphones[1] and personal digital assistants (PDAs) developed by the Torch Mobile company. The first version of Iris Browser was released in 2008. It is currently one of only three web browsers designed for portable devices which scores a 100/100 on the Acid3 test.

RIM acquired Torch Mobile on August 24, 2009[2] and Torch Mobile spokesman George Staikos has announced that Windows Mobile development will not continue.[3] On August 12, 2010, RIM released the first device featuring a WebKit-based browser for its BlackBerry OS, branding the mobile phone as "BlackBerry Torch".[4]


  • WebKit rendering engine[5]
  • SquirrelFish Extreme JavaScript engine[6]
  • Customizable interface
  • Touch screen control
  • Advanced HTML and CSS support
  • Languages
  • Zoom and tap Function
  • Multiple windows and tabs
  • Input methods
  • Software mouse cursor
  • Special effects
  • Rotating devices
  • Advanced security features
  • Pop-up blockers
  • Advanced mobile key navigation
  • HTTP cache optimized for low disk usage
  • SSL and authenticated proxy support
  • Styled Form Controls
  • Netscape plug-in API
  • JavaScript/ECMAScript 1.5
  • SVG, XPath, and XSLT support
  • History Auto-Complete
  • Efficient storage of bookmarks and cookies
  • Bookmark editor, carrier specified list
  • Favorite icons and history
  • XHTML 1.x mobile profile support
  • Customizable about: pages

Current development[edit]

The UI was greatly enhanced all the way up until 1.1.9 which was released on July 6, 2009. RIM acquired Torch Mobile on August 24, 2009[7] and Torch Mobile spokesman George Staikos has announced that Windows Mobile development will not continue.[3]


According to independent testing, Iris 1.1.5 loads pages more slowly than its closest competitor, Opera Mobile.[8]

According to testing done by Torch Mobile, Iris 1.1.2 outperformed Access NetFront 3.5 and Opera Mobile 9.5 in the SunSpider Javascript benchmark.[6] According to Torch Mobile, Iris 1.1.0 "score[s] 100/100 on Acid3 with only a couple of minor rendering glitches."[9]


  1. ^ Erle, Andreas (2009-04-13). "Weiterer Alternativbrowser für Windows Mobile: IRIS". Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "Press Release: AT&T and Research In Motion Ignite Customers with the New BlackBerry Torch". BlackBerry Newsroom (Research In Motion Ltd.). 03-08-2010. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ [3][dead link]
  6. ^ a b [4][dead link]
  7. ^ [5][dead link]
  8. ^ Niall, Magennis (2009-03-30). "Torch Mobile Iris Browser 1.1.5 IRIS". TrustedReviews. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  9. ^ [6][dead link]

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