UIQ-based smartphones are going to get their very first fully finger touch controllable web browser in the form of Digia’s @Web. It’s a web browser that’s based on the open-source webkit browser engine that the iPhone’s Safari and Nokia’s S60 browsers are also ported from.
This couldn’t have come a better time, since more and more users are becoming accustomed to using the browser as their main tool in today’s fast-paced online world. Digia says they want to provide users of UIQ-based handsets the opportunity to see the web as it has been intended.
The reliability of webkit and the way it allows web content to be seen in true form on mobile phones made it the obvious choice for Digia’s @Web 1.0 browser engine. We haven’t been told what exactly the @Web browser can do but since it is based on the same browser engine as most existing mobile browsers right now, you can expect it to have a few similar features with the others.
During June 2008, Digia’s @Web 1.0 public beta will be available for download, as Digia contributes source code modifications to the webkit engine as necessary. So if you’re a UIQ phone user, you might as well check it out.
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