Ovi Browser Beta for s40

Thursday 29th, July 2010 / 10:56 Written by

Nokia Betalabs has released a new beta app, Ovi Browser, for Nokia Series 40 phones.

Though it’s currently a “beta application”, it’s said to be stable, and also brings some good stuff over to s40 phones.  Like Opera Mini, there’s server side compression of data, which Nokia says will reduce data consumption by 90%. It also means that the browser page load times will be really fast!

From Betalabs:

“Ovi Browser brings rich web browsing to Series 40 devices that’s fast, easy, and saves on data charges. The browser is powered by patented cloud-based Internet compression technology that delivers advanced web pages to your phone. As a result, pages show up quicker than ever and over the air data usage is reduced up to 90%. Beyond performance, the browser includes an innovative user interface that makes it easy to access your favorite content directly from the start page without having to hunt through menus.

We’re in the process of building up our global infrastructure to provide the best possible speed, performance, and reliability for millions of users.  The team is working hard on the next beta version that includes new features and incorporates updates based on your feedback. Also, there will be more localized versions coming that are better customized for where you live. Check back often to see what’s new and follow @ovibynokia on Twitter for the latest Ovi news.”

So head over to  browser.ovi.com from your mobile phone to download.

Key Features

  • Fast page load times
  • Over the air data usage reduced up to 90%
  • Three view modes – Full Page View, Zoomed-in View, Column View
  • Integrated search on start page with selectable list of search engines
  • Favourites
  • Browsing and Search history
  • URL and Form auto completion
  • Snap to text during scrolling
  • Speed scrolling using numeric keypad
  • Automatically jumps to the main content on a page to reduce scrolling
  • One click jump to login and search in Column View
  • Page segmentation in Column View to simplify navigation

Currently, this application supports the following phones:

2700 Classic,  2730 Classic,  3120 Classic,  3600 Slide,  5130 XpressMusic,  5220 Xpressmusic, 5310 XpressMusic, 5330 Mobile TV Edition, 5330 Xpressmusic, 5610,6300i, 6303, 6500 Slide, 6500 Classic,6600 Slide,6700 Classic, 7210 Supernova, 7900 Prism, X3

Here’s a video of Ovi Browser:

It still looks a lot like Opera Mini. What do you guys think? Check it out, and let us know by commenting below. Or you can catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld. Also, do visit our Facebook Page.

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