Nokia Browser for Symbian

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Web Browser for S60
Nokia Mini Map Browser.png
Web Browser for S60 running on the Nokia E65, showing the Page Overview of the English Wikipedia main page.
Developer(s) Nokia
Stable release 8.3.2
Operating system Symbian OS
Platform S60 platform
License BSD
Website browser.nokia.com (discontinued)

Nokia Browser for Symbian (formerly known as Web Browser for S60) is the default web browser for the S60 and Symbian mobile phone platform.[1] The browser is based on a port of Apple Inc.’s open source WebCore and JavaScriptCore frameworks which form the WebKit rendering engine that Apple uses in its Safari Web browser.[2][3]

History[edit]

The initial version was lacking support for the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Wireless Markup Language (WML); version 2 of the browser introduced support for these standards.[4] Hence the Nokia Services (WAP) browser was the default browser on initial device shipments of this platform.

Nokia announced porting WebKit to the S60 Browser in June 2005,[5] and made it available in November.[2] At the 2006 World Wide Web Conference, Nokia announced that it was releasing the source code for its port of WebKit back to the community.[6]

S60v2 Browser[edit]

It supports:

  • HTML
  • WAP 2.0 (xHTML)
  • Cookies and JavaScript
  • Wide web pages can be formatted for mobile viewing
  • Multi-file download

Drawbacks:

  • Multi-window browsing is not supported.
  • It doesn't compress pages, which puts a greater strain on the phone's processor and bandwidth usage.

S60v3 Browser[edit]

It supports:

  • HTML
  • WAP 2.0 (xHTML)
  • Cookies and flash player
  • Multi-window browsing
  • Many files (up to 10) can be downloaded at once.

Nokia Browser 7.0[edit]

Nokia Browser 7.0 is supported on S60 5th Edition devices.

This version supports all of the features of prior to the Nokia Browser 7 releases, as well as the following additional features:

  • Support for touch devices
  • On-screen zoom controls

Nokia Browser 7.1[edit]

Nokia Browser 7.1 is supported on S60 3rd and 5th Edition devices.

New features:

  • Based on WebKit 525
  • Full support for Flash Lite

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  • Supports [[kinetic

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  • User-configurable shortcut keys and visual keymap
  • Full-screen

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Drawbacks:

  • Copy paste support is poor. If you have a device with no Control-key

or Pen-key, you can not copy paste in most web forms. With older Nokia models, like N95 or E90, this was not a problem, as N95 had a Pen-key and E90 had a Control-key. New N86 and N97 do not have such keys. However, E72, which was released in 11/2009, has a Control-key.

  • some jQuery effects are not supported (fadeIn and slideDown)

Nokia Browser 7.2 (Symbian^3)[edit]

The Nokia Browser 7.2 is supported on Symbian^3 and S60 (3rd and 5th Edition) platform devices.

New features:[7]

  • Support for Capacitive touch display
  • Two finger touch support (pinch open and pinch close) - on capacitive touch devices only
  • Support for Optical Finger Navigation
  • Flash Lite 4.0 - On Symbian^3 devices only
  • Flash Lite 3.1 - On Symbian^3, S60 5th Edition, and S60 3rd Edition (Feature Pack 2) devices
  • Search Client Integration

Nokia Browser 7.3 (Symbian Anna)[edit]

Nokia Browser 7.3 is pre-installed on Symbian Anna devices (like the Nokia E6 and Nokia X7). Browser 7.3 is also available to Symbian^3 devices (Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7, Nokia E7, Nokia N8) as part of the upgrade from Symbian^3 to Symbian Anna. Some S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition devices received the updated browser in the form of firmware updates.[8] This version brings a touch-optimized user interface in addition to better web standards support and improved performance.

New features include:

  • Basic HTML 5 support
  • CSS 3 support
  • JavaScript 1.8 support
  • Viewport meta tag support
  • Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) support
  • Flash Lite 4.0.3 support
  • VGA screen support
  • Multi-window browsing
  • touch-optimized user interface:[9]
    • Split-screen virtual keyboard support for live update of input fields
    • Easy to access address bar at the top of the page with improved auto-complete
    • Back button is always accessible
    • Full screen and quick menu access button

Nokia Browser 7.4 (Nokia Belle)[edit]

Nokia Browser 7.4 is pre-installed on Nokia Belle devices (Nokia 603, Nokia 700, Nokia 701). Browser 7.4 is also available to Symbian^3/Anna devices as part of the upgrade from Symbian Anna to Nokia Belle.[10]

Browser 7.4 added support for the following features:[11]

  • HTML 5 Audio/Video APIs and UI
  • HTML 5 Geolocation APIs and UI
  • URL hash tag navigation (back/forward) within a web page without page reloads

Additionally, the user interface is changed in comparison to v7.3 as follows:

  • Previous/next page, Bookmarks, Multi-window navigation, menu buttons at the bottom
  • Direct access to RSS web feeds from the menu
  • Links can be shared via SMS, e-mail, or Bluetooth

Nokia Browser 8.3 (Nokia Belle)[edit]

Come with Nokia Belle FP2 (Nokia 603, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 808)

  • Better HTML5 and JavaScript support
  • Contains a bug (v8.3.2.21) where selecting "clear privacy data -> all" doesn't actually clear cookies; they must be cleared specifically.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nokia Browser for Smartphones
  2. ^ a b Nokia PR (2 November 2005). "Nokia introduces a new Web browser for S60 3rd Edition". press.nokia.com. Retrieved 21 March 2007. 
  3. ^ Nokia Developer - S60WebKit
  4. ^ Eldar Murtazin (28 December 2006). "Description Nokia Web Browser S60 (OSS Browser)". mobile-review.com. Retrieved 21 March 2007. 
  5. ^ Nokia PR (13 June 2005). "Nokia develops a new browser for Series 60 by using open source software". press.nokia.com. Retrieved 21 March 2007. 
  6. ^ Nokia PR (24 May 2006). "Nokia releases 'Web Browser for S60' engine code to open source community". press.nokia.com. Retrieved 21 March 2007. 
  7. ^ "Nokia Browser 7.2". Browser version-specific information. Nokia Developer. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Browser and Maps updates for many S60 3rd Edition and S60 5th Edition phones. Allaboutsymbian.com (2011-06-29). Retrieved on 2013-10-23.
  9. ^ All About Symbian - Symbian Anna roll out has started
  10. ^ (Dutch) Home - Nokia - Nederland. Europe.nokia.com. Retrieved on 2013-10-23.
  11. ^ Browser 7.4.x. Developer.nokia.com (1999-02-22). Retrieved on 2013-10-23.

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