RIM acquires mobile app tool developer tinyHippos

CHICAGO, March 26 (Reuters) – Blackberry maker Research In
Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) (RIMM.O: Quote, Profile, Research) says it has bought Ontario-based
startup tinyHippos Inc, creator of Ripple, a cross-platform
mobile application development and testing tool.

The company was acquired for its “extensive experience in
web and mobile widget/web development,” Tyler Lessard, RIM’s
vice president of global alliances and developer relations,
said on the developer’s blog on Friday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition comes as RIM prepares to launch its
Playbook tablet computer next month, entering an increasingly
crowded market dominated by Apple’s iPad (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and various
devices running on Google’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Android platform.

RIM has said it would offer support for Android apps on its
tablet, potentially enabling it to carry more than 200,000 of
the third-party software additions available on the platform.

RIM reported a higher-than-forecast fourth-quarter profit
on Thursday but warned that its earnings would slip as it
pumped money into the launch of the Playbook.
(Reporting by Karl Plume; Editing by Xavier Briand)

RIM acquires mobile app tool developer tinyHippos