New Windows Mobile Browser Pumps up JavaScript Performance


Looking to add some JavaScript oomph to your Windows Mobile (s msft) device? Then you’ll want to grab the latest NetFront browser version from ACCESS. The concept edition of NetFront v.4 doesn’t hit the web until tomorrow, but when it does, you’ll find it at this link, which is a placeholder for now. The full press release is after the jump, but here’s what you need to know.

This version is freely available for a limited time only and boasts some super speeds. According to the company — I don’t have a version to test — NetFront v.4 is “1.61 times faster than Opera (and) 3.38 times faster than IE for mobile as for Windows Mobile version.” The browser reportedly gets an octane boost through a new JavaScript engine offering 20 times better performance than NetFront v.3.5, which hit nearly two years ago. Aside from faster JavaScript and overall performance, the new browser includes PagePilot for desktop-like presentation on a mobile device, smooth scrolling and animated zooming. Windows Mobile device owners won’t be the only ones with NetFront fun — the company is widening their audience with versions for “major mobile operating systems and Internet-enabled devices to improve Internet access and use” at some future time.

ACCESS Announces NetFront™ Browser v4.0 with Super Fast JavaScript™ Engine for Embedded Browsers

•             Free Windows Mobile® Concept version available for download

Sunnyvale, Calif., January 14, 2010 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced NetFront™ Browser v4.0, the latest version of NetFront Browser for mobile handsets and Internet-enabled devices. Featuring one of the world’s fastest JavaScript engines  developed from the ground up by ACCESS, NetFront Browser v4.0 performs JavaScript executions twenty times faster than ACCESS’ NetFront Browser v3.5 , resulting in a significantly better browsing experience overall, especially for websites that make heavy use of complex JavaScript.

The NetFront Browser v4.0 API application and porting layers are compatible with those of NetFront Browser v3.5, so device manufacturers using NetFront Browser v3.5 can easily upgrade to take advantage of super fast JavaScript engine in NetFront Browser v4.0, making it possible to leverage customized applications with minimal additional investment.

ACCESS will make a concept version of NetFront Browser v4.0 for Windows Mobile available for free download for a limited time beginning January 14, 2010 and ending on June 30, 2010. In addition to the Windows Mobile version, ACCESS also plans to provide NetFront Browser v4.0 for major mobile operating systems and Internet-enabled devices to improve Internet access and use. For more information and to download NetFront Browser v4.0, go to ACCESS’ website:

“The more users and companies come to depend on cloud computing, the more important web application performance and web JavaScript execution become,” said Tomihisa Kamada, president, CEO and co-founder of ACCESS. “NetFront delivers not only an exceptionally fast mobile browsing experience, but also a mobile cloud computing experience that is fluid and truly useful. ACCESS will continue to improve and extend our technologies to bring users around the world a faster, easier and more enjoyable Internet experience.”

NetFront Browser is the most advanced, versatile and powerful full Internet browser for mobile and beyond-PC devices. Specifically designed and optimized to deliver high performance in resource-constrained environments, it has been deployed by major operators, handset manufacturers and consumer electronics manufacturers around the world.

NetFront™ products including NetFront Browser reached 850 million and 1,960 models at the end of October 2009. According to an analysis concluded in September 2009 of devices offered by top-tier operators and device ownership data from comScore’s MobiLens research, NetFront Browser is the standard browser deployed on more handset models in the U.S. and through multi-country operators in the top five European markets (France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain) than any other mobile Internet browser.

NetFront Browser v4.0 Features

Super Fast JavaScript Engine

NetFront Browser v4.0 boasts JavaScript execution performance that is twenty times faster than the JavaScript execution performance seen in NetFront Browser v3.5. NetFront Browser v4.0 delivers a significantly better browsing experience overall, but especially for websites that make heavy use of complex JavaScript.

Great User Experience

Libraries and UI options offered through NetFront Browser facilitate the integration of the NetFront Browser engine with any kind of application that needs advanced Web rendering capabilities. NetFront Browser application highlights include a stunning graphical tool that allows end-users to manage their favorite Web pages and PagePilot™ a pan and zoom navigation tool that enables a desktop-like presentation of Web pages on mobile devices with limited screen sizes.

Swift Navi

Swift Navi significantly smoothes the scrolling of Web pages on mobile devices.

Animated Zoom

Animated Zoom quickly and smoothly magnifies selected areas of a Web page.


PagePilot enables smooth pan and zoom navigation. PagePilot is activated by continuously pressing the scroll key.


ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for Web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds, and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront™ Browser, Garnet™ OS and ACCESS Linux Platform™, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit


Robert Irving

Just down-loaded and tried it. Yes pretty fast, but first site I tried to read was jkonetherun and it just gets stuck on that dreadful “Subscribe to GigaOm” page. Don’t know whether to ditch NetFront or stop reading jk …….


Which makes you ask the question why wont Apple allow developers to offer alternatives to the built in iPhone applications such as the browser, mail client etc. I would have thought competition would be a good thing and what Netfront are doing is showing that it is possible for a 3rd party to do something better than the original developer.


The problem with Netfront is that it’s perpetually in beta (and not in a good way :) ). I can remember everyone clamouring for Netfront on their Pocket PCs years ago and when it finally came out it was buggy, had a shocking interface and was a time limited beta. As far as I know it never came out of beta.

Maybe this new version will be better but I’m inclined to wait for the live version before I try it.

Kevin C. Tofel

Yup, ACCESS seems to offer these as “concept editions,” but I’m not sure I’ve *ever* seen that tag removed from their browser. Maybe the idea as a concept is to demo it for OEMs and carriers to integrate into devices while we consumers go along for the ride?

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