We know that RIM was pushing hard to deliver a solid browser in PlayBook OS 2.0 that blew past the competition in speed and standards compliance. Now we have started noticing that RIM is making some big steps into integrating and improving that browser. I have been hearing from sources at RIM that the browser team is already working on adding features to the browser now that they have met their performance goals. (PIM apps are also improving!)
The nice part is that we have seen a couple of public confirmations of this too. Michael Clewley, the Senior Product Manager for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, has confirmed when asked during a community event for a password manager and bookmarks editing that:
In OS 2.0 the team spent a lot of their time focusing on the best in class web performance experience. It’s a top mobile and tablet browser on html5test.com! They’ve now turned their attention to also improving the browser chrome for better manageability experiences.
On top of that RIM has started seriously contributing their WebKit fork back upstream to the WebKit source. You can see it in their daily changelog along with recent posts on the WebKit blog. Either way I am simply waiting for an ad blocker and password manager for the PlayBook browser.