Nokia's new Safari-based Smartphone Web Browser

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MacNCell points out Nokia's press release for a new Web browser for their S60 smartphones.

Nokia today unveiled the new Web browser for its world leading smartphone software, S60 platform. The new browser is aimed to provide smartphone users with a true Web experience and industry leading performance when browsing full Web pages on the Internet using a smartphone.
Most interesting is that this new browser is based on Apple's WebCore and JavaScriptCore which is at the heart of Apple's Safari web browser. Nokia previous announced the development of this browser in June 2005.

Apple's Phil Schiller claims "Safari Web Kit's blazing performance, efficient code base and support for open standards make it an ideal open source technology for projects like the new Web browser for S60."

Nokia's Series 60 browser site shows images and examples of the phone's browser.
 

abhishake

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Awesome, I'm the first second post.

I guess it'll be cool.. I mean, how will a web browser be significantly improved on a phone? But, if it's good for Apple, it's good for me.
 
nuts!

For a new cell phone to be based on a crappy format by microsoft: almost inevitable, disapointing

For a new cell phone to be based off of mozilla firefox: Surprising, but logical, and quite cool.

For a new cell phone to be based on SAFARI: INCONCIEVABLE! And quite a lovely thing, I might add.
 

cornfedgrowth

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site crashes safari

Has anyone else noticed that when you click on the links on the bottom of the site to the phones that support the new browser, safari crashes? kinda ironic...
 

jmufellow

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cornfedgrowth said:
Has anyone else noticed that when you click on the links on the bottom of the site to the phones that support the new browser, safari crashes? kinda ironic...
The exact same thing happened to me! Very ironic. But it is cool that they are embracing safari.

:edit: try this: go to the link provided, then click the link "experience it" on the left. Safari crashes on me everytime... http://www.series60.com/browser
 

abhishake

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cornfedgrowth said:
Has anyone else noticed that when you click on the links on the bottom of the site to the phones that support the new browser, safari crashes? kinda ironic...
I thought that was just mine...

Intriguing.... very intriguing...
 

emutree

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I got to the site - and man that is one wicked browser for a phone! The zoom out navigation stuff, searching and RSS feeds are just amazing! And of course the Safari use is good.
 

rendezvouscp

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I'm curious about their implementation of mobile CSS: have they implemented it, or can it just be fed regular screen CSS even if there is a mobile style sheet.

I'm guessing someone will have to get their hands on it before we know.
-Chase
 

thedude110

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jmufellow said:
The exact same thing happened to me! Very ironic. But it is cool that they are embracing safari.

:edit: try this: go to the link provided, then click the link "experience it" on the left. Safari crashes on me everytime... http://www.series60.com/browser
Your link felled even the mighty Camino ...
 

Superdrive

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jmufellow said:
The exact same thing happened to me! Very ironic. But it is cool that they are embracing safari.

:edit: try this: go to the link provided, then click the link "experience it" on the left. Safari crashes on me everytime... http://www.series60.com/browser
Crashed.


Besides that, it's nice to see Apple getting into these places. Now why is iTunes not on this phone too?
 

Stella

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Excellent.

Nokia really needed a good browser.

The IUQ (Quartz) camp licences Opera, which is really quite good - but Nokia ( Series 6x 8x 9x Nx ) didn't.. so at last they have a good browser to play with.

All the better... build upon the same code base that Safari is.

Symbian Rocks ( the Smartphone market leader )
 

Omni Geno

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It's great that Safari is being noticed as a force to reckoned with.


jmufellow said:
The exact same thing happened to me! Very ironic. But it is cool that they are embracing safari.

:edit: try this: go to the link provided, then click the link "experience it" on the left. Safari crashes on me everytime... http://www.series60.com/browser
It works fine for me. OSX 10.4.2, Safari 2.0.1
 

jmufellow

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Omni Geno said:
It's great that Safari is being noticed as a force to reckoned with.




It works fine for me. OSX 10.4.2, Safari 2.0.1
Very interesting... I'm on OSX 10.4.3, Safari 2.0.2

even if you stay on the original link without going to the "experience it" link, it will crash the browser after about 30 seconds. Or if you close the window that the link is in it will automatically quit safari.
 

erickg

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Superdrive said:
Crashed.


Besides that, it's nice to see Apple getting into these places. Now why is iTunes not on this phone too?
Works fine on mine. :D Have you guys updated to 10.4.3 yet? For all of you interested in what the "Experience It" link looks like, I've added a screenshot.
 

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Stella

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I remember reading somewhere, last year:
Nokia also invested in Mozilla.. i guess it was too bloated...
 

erickg

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jmufellow said:
yep..all updated, but still won't work.
Huh, that's odd. I'm on a new 12" iBook, would imagine that shouldn't make a difference though. Oh yeah, also I repaired permissions after installing 10.4.3, but again clueless as to whether that would make a difference.
 

iEdd

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Now we just need sony ericsson to have say.. iPhoto and we have the 3 best phone brands with apple software :p
 

jmufellow

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erickg said:
Huh, that's odd. I'm on a new 12" iBook, would imagine that shouldn't make a difference though. Oh yeah, also I repaired permissions after installing 10.4.3, but again clueless as to whether that would make a difference.
I'm on a 12" iBook too, BUT I didn't repair permissions after I installed 10.4.3...I'll give it a try and see

:edit: Nope.. repairing disk permissions didn't work :confused: