Nokia’s WebCore-based S60 browser
In the article, some of the people working on the S60 browser let us know how their work is coming along. There are also some screenshots that show how the browser works on a Series 60 phone. Another article that contains information from the Nokia browser developers is Nokia Engineers on KHTML, Collaboration and aKademy.
This is all very interesting, and I think it’s great that there will be other browser options for (some) mobile phones than just Opera. Looking at the screenshots in the article at OSNews.com however, I’m not so sure I like the idea of using a miniaturised image of a site to navigate it - Nokia call it “minimap”:
The minimap creates a full screenshot of the web page – as it would render on a monitor that would fit the whole page in it – and with the help of a small rectangle the user can navigate at any place of a given page almost instantly. The page still retains its original design (as the web designer was intended it to be viewed as) and no elements are resized-down.
That kind of goes against what I want when I use my phone to browse the web. I may change my mind on that if I get a chance to try out the S60 browser. As far as I can tell it won’t be available for the Nokia 6680, which is a disappointment.