Ozone Browser for S60, UIQ Looks Speedy, User-Friendly

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Calling all S60 and UIQ device owners out there: If neither the native browser nor a third-party app like those from Opera are cutting it, you might want to check the alpha version of Ozone. This pre-release mobile web browser for your handheld is based on the WebKit engine and looks extremely promising based on the video look and feature-set. Version 0.9 offers:

  • Intuitive UI and page navigation
  • Multiple windows
  • Zooming and panning
  • Pop-up blocking
  • Auto-complete URL editing
  • Desktop/mobile mode switch
  • Netscape scriptable plugin
  • Low memory footprint, works in devices with only 64MB RAM
  • Offline web app support
  • High performance disk caching, fast image decoding, favorite icons, bookmark management and advanced HTML, CSS and JavaScript support

Ozone looks fairly compliant with today’s web standards, scoring a 94 out of 100 on the Acid test. I’d say it’s pretty speedy, too; internal testing shows that Ozone opened Engadget’s home page in around 40 seconds. Tests opening the same site in the native browser and in Opera Mobile took around three times as long to render.

Given the often small size of handset displays, it looks to me like the Ozone folks are making good use of the limited space. It’s a freebie to try, but bear in mind that it’s still in the early stages.

(via atmaspheric | endeavors)

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John in Norway

I downloaded it but when I went to install it on my E90 it said not compatible. I went ahead and installed it anyway (it gave me the option) and I must say I’m impressed with the speed. Will do more testing later.

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