PalmSource today announced a new version of the default web browser for the Palm OS. PalmSource Web Browser 3.0 has been specifically optimized for smartphones and other wireless mobile devices.
Built on the ACCESS NetFront core technology, this browser offers enhanced graphics rendering and navigation capability for the wireless delivery of information and streaming media. It uses technologies such as page zooming, scalable fonts, and 'squeeze' rendering, allowing users to eliminate horizontal scrolling for easier navigation.
PalmSource Web Browser 3.0 is designed to support the latest W3C standard specifications, including WAP 2.0, HTML, and XHTML. Handheld and smartphone users with wireless connectivity can browse Web and WAP pages to shop, download games and music, watch and listen to news, connect to corporate intranets, and access email.
Large companies and wireless shoppers will benefit from increased security with support for SSL (Secure Socket Layer) or TLS (Transport Layer Security) for secure communications and e-commerce transactions. PalmSource Web Browser 3.0 is also designed to support optional proxy settings for use in environments that require a proxy server.
For Web developers, the availability of PalmSource Web Browser 3.0 -- with its broad support for Internet standards -- means less development work is necessary to modify their Web content for viewing on Palm Powered devices.
In addition, this browser supports the download and installation of Palm OS applications, making it easy for smart mobile device users to find and install the latest Palm OS applications in as few steps as possible.
At this point, it seems likely that the only way to get PalmSource Web Browser 3.0 will be to buy a handheld or smartphone with it pre-installed.
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