Two of the best known third-party web browsers have been updated: NetFront and ThunderHawk.
These updates bring significant new features to these Pocket PC browsers, especially in the area of Java support.
ACCESS has released the English language version of NetFront v3.2 for Windows Mobile 2003 SE.
This adds support for JV-Lite 2 CE edition, ACCESS’ Sun authorized Java virtual machine which supports the Connected Device Configuration (CDC) standard.
It also has native support for Macromedia Flash.
NetFront v3.2 includes ACCESS’ Rapid-Render technology, an incremental rendering technology that accelerates the presentation of Web pages.
This browser provides support for mobile Internet standards including OMA Browsing 2.2, WML, HTML 4.01, and cHTML.
In addition, it offers technologies like ACCESS’ Smart-Fit Rendering, a technology that renders Web pages to fit the screen width of mobile devices, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling.
Users of Pocket PCs with VGA screens should be aware that this application isn’t fully compatible with these devices.
NetFront v3.2’s regular price will be $29.80, but ACCESS is currently offering a special introductory price of $19.80.
More information is available on the ACCESS web site.
The primary change in Bitstream’s ThunderHawk 2.1 Pocket PC Edition the addition of full Java support.
While other mobile browsers provide limited Java support, ThunderHawk is the only wireless one that displays full HTML pages while offering desktop-level Java 1.5.0 capabilities.
“Robust Java support was one of the top requests from both ThunderHawk subscribers and enterprise clients,” said Anna Chagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer at Bitstream. “ThunderHawk subscribers already expect seamless navigation, great speed and the ability to find and read information quickly when browsing with ThunderHawk, and now they can also take advantage of the interactive functionality that only full Java support provides.”
In addition, this browser offers landscape support and compresses fonts and images to fit more of web pages onto the handheld’s screen
ThunderHawk 2.1 uses a proxy server, and therefore requires a subscription. This is available for $49.95 per year or $5.95 per month.
More information on this browser is available on Bitstream’s web site.