iAnywhere Solutions has released a public beta of a version of AvantGo for BlackBerry cellular-wireless handhelds.
AvantGo is a free service that lets users access web sites that have been specially formatted for small screens. It offers content from USA Today, Forbes, CNET, The Golf Channel, Reuters, AccuWeather, and many more.
Unlike the versions of AvantGo for other mobile devices, the BlackBerry version does not store web pages on the device to be viewed later. Instead, BlackBerry users will view the web sites live.
This means that the device must have a connection to the Internet in order to be able to use AvantGo.
AvantGo for BlackBerry requires the RIM web browser, version 3.7 and above.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer AvantGo to millions of BlackBerry users,” said Neil Versen, senior director of AvantGo at iAnywhere. “Once used primarily for email, BlackBerry devices are increasingly being used by the business user for a wider range of applications, including access to Internet news and information. Our support for BlackBerry is a further step in our ongoing efforts to provide mobile professionals with wireless access to information-rich mobile Internet channels from a broad range of popular devices.”
The public beta of AvantGo for BlackBerry can be downloaded, free of charge, from the AvantGo web site. The regular version will be available within the next 30 days.
There are also versions of this software for Palm OS, Pocket PC, Symbian UIQ, and Series 60.