Bitstream Inc. is going to release ThunderHawk Smart Phone Edition to consumers in April. It is available now to wireless carriers and operators who want to bundle it with devices.
ThunderHawk provides a more desktop-like view of Internet web sites via a client-server technology. The service relies on a server infrastructure, with a very small client application on the smart phone.
It preserves the layout of each web page as much as possible but allows the user to read columns of text without scrolling left and right.
A split screen mode is also included, which shows a small version of the entire web site in the top pane, with larger text and graphics in the bottom pane of the screen.
ThunderHawk supports CSS and DHTML, as well as SSL and 128-bit encryption. It does not use WAP or cHTML, which means that the entire web is available to wireless customers, instead of selected sites.
A beta version of ThunderHawk Smart Phone Edition is available now on the Bitstream web site. The application is free but the service is $5.95 per month or $49.95 per year.
This announcement was made at CTIA Wireless 2004, going on now in Atlanta.
There is already a Pocket PC version of this application which offers landscape support and compresses fonts and images to fit more of a web page onto the handheld’s screen.