NetFront

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NetFront Browser
PSP Browser.jpg
The PlayStation Portable's web browser uses NetFront.
Developer(s) Access Co., Ltd.
Initial release 1995 (1995)[1]
Stable release 4.3 / February 1, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-02-01)
Development status Active
Operating system Linux (Access Linux Platform, Android, Qtopia, GTK+, etc.), Symbian (S60 and UIQ), Garnet OS, REX OS (BREW), Windows CE, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, VxWorks, Nucleus, ITRON, OS-9, OSE, Nintendo 3DS
Engine NetFront, WebKit (some versions)
Type Mobile browser
License Proprietary
Website Official website

NetFront Browser is a mobile Web browser for embedded devices, developed by Access Co. Ltd. of Japan, and was designed to function as an embedded Web browser.[2]

Mainly deployed on mobile phones, NetFront Browser is available for multiple platforms (see right info box) and has been deployed in multifunction printers (MFP), digital TVs, set-top boxes (STB), PDAs, web phones, game consoles, e-mail terminals, automobile telematics systems and other device types.

The browser converts tables in a Web page into a vertical display, eliminating the need to scroll horizontally. This allows the user to zoom in and out on Web pages from 25% to 100%, and can select or scroll anywhere on a page with the stylus on Pocket PC devices.

Access has also released NetFront Life Browser for smartphones and NetFront Browser NX for other embedded devices such as tablets and set-top boxes. Both these browsers are based on WebKit and run on most mobile operating systems including Linux, Android, Unix, and Windows CE.

Netfront 3.5 has an Acid3 score of 11/100,[3] and NetFront Browser NX v1.0 has a score of 92/100.[4]

Platforms[edit]

The Nintendo 3DS Internet browser uses the WebKit-based NetFront Browser NX according to the documentation included with the browser.[5][6] The PlayStation 3 Internet web browser received a major upgrade with firmware version 4.10,[7] upgrading to a Custom version of the NetFront Webkit based Browser, adding limited HTML5 support and improved JavaScript speeds.[8][9] The Wii U console is also equipped with NetFront NX,[10] and GPL source code is available.[11] The e-reader Amazon Kindle uses NetFront as its web browser.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ACCESS to Provide Free NetFront v3.0 Evaluation Copy For PocketPC" (Press release). Access Co. February 20, 2002. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  2. ^ NetFront: The Fast GTK+ Browser you Never Knew Existed
  3. ^ File:Acid3n35.png
  4. ^ File:Nintendo_3DS_Acid3_test_results.jpg
  5. ^ Brown, Eric (2011-06-09). "WebKit-based version of NetFront browser aims at IPTVs, STBs". LinuxDevices.com. eWeek. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. 
  6. ^ "NetFront Browser NX for Internet Appliances". Products > Solutions for Internet Appliances. Access. 2013. Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. 
  7. ^ Support: System Software Updates
  8. ^ "Webkit - Open Source 2012". Open Source Code Distribution Service. Sony. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  9. ^ "PS3 System Software Update (v4.11)". Sony. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ WiiU Hardware Features Internet Browser. Nintendo
  11. ^ Wii U Support GPL. Nintendo
  12. ^ NetFront Browser Gives Amazon Kindle Customers On-Device Access to Information-Rich Websites like Wikipedia.org

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