Iris Browser

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Iris Browser
Iris glower.png
Developer(s)Torch Mobile
Stable release1.1.9 (July 6, 2009; 10 years ago (2009-07-06)) [±]
Operating systemWindows Mobile, Windows CE
TypeMicrobrowser
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.torchmobile.com

Iris Browser was a web browser for Windows Mobile smartphones[1] and personal digital assistants (PDAs) developed by the Torch Mobile company. The first version was released in 2008.[2] It was one of the first mobile browsers to score a perfect 100 on the Acid3 test.[3]

RIM acquired Torch Mobile in 2009 and discontinued Iris.[4]

Features[edit]

Iris is based on the WebKit rendering engine[5] with SquirrelFish Extreme, Netscape plug-in API and JavaScript/ECMAScript 1.5.

It has advanced HTML and CSS support and SVG, XPath, and XSLT support.

It supports a customizable interface and touch screen control, pop-up blockers, and XHTML 1.x mobile profile support.

It has advanced security features, advanced mobile key navigation, HTTP cache optimized for low disk usage, History Auto-Complete and SSL and authenticated proxy support.

Performance[edit]

According to independent testing, Iris 1.1.5 loads pages more slowly than its closest competitor, Opera Mobile.[6] The UI was greatly enhanced all the way up until 1.1.9 which was released on July 6, 2009.

According to testing done by Torch Mobile, Iris 1.1.2 outperformed Access NetFront 3.5 and Opera Mobile 9.5 in the SunSpider Javascript benchmark."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fitzpatrick, Jason (2008-12-08). "Iris Brings Desktop Browsing To Windows Mobile". Lifehacker. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Torch Mobile Launches Free Web Browser for Windows Mobile". Brighthand. 2008-02-15. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Perez, Sarah (2009-02-24). "Iris: A New Browser for Windows Mobile Emerges from Beta". Channel19. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Nickinson, Phil (2009-08-25). "RIM purchases Torch Mobile; Iris Browser for Windows Mobile will be discontinued". wpcentral.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Loganbill, Scott (2008-08-13). "Torch Fires up Webkit-Powered Windows Mobile Browser". Webmonkey. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Niall, Magennis (2009-03-30). "Torch Mobile Iris Browser 1.1.5 IRIS". TrustedReviews. Retrieved April 30, 2009.