NMokia created a web browser for its Series 60 smartphones about a year ago. The browswer was based on opensource technology in order “to save cost”, according to Nokia.
Now, Nokia had released the code for their browser under a BSD-Style licence for everyone to use. Nokia officially say that they want to reduce the diversity in mobile internet software-but if you ask me personally, this is just a move to get cheap mainstream media attention.
Because, um, Series 60 is like no other platform. It has no touchscreen support and has a very proprietary API that no other OS can emulate. So, the released code will probably never ever be ported to other platforms, and will remain only on Series 60, which is-if we all recall correctly-property ok Nokia. So, any developer fixing a bug in the released code is basically doing Nokia’s job without receiving a salary from them!
The availabiolity of a good web browser is what makes a mopbile platform stand or fall IMHO. The Palm OS would be much farther by now if PalmSource had backported their Web Browser 3.0 from Cobalt to Garnet, or if the Minimo porting project started a bit of time ago would have succeeded.
To cut a long story short. Cool. Another sourceforge project. But I don’t really care!
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