Nokia Adds Compression Technology To Mobile Browser

By | October 15, 2011 | 10 Comments

Nokia Adds Compression Technology To Mobile Browser

The latest additions to Nokia’s phone portfolio, the C2-05 and the X2-05, come with a new browser that uses Nokia’s own compression technology to deliver content faster, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Opera has been promoting the benefits of using compression technology for years, but lately it has come into fashion. Recently, Amazon introduced Silk for its Fire tablet, and the browser uses compression as well as the computing power and caching of Amazon’s cloud to render pages in the Web.

The browser is part of Nokia’s strategy to expand the audience for mobile Internet access, going after the “next billion” users, many of whom are expected to be from developing countries. The browser uses a cloud based service to fetch a web page, and then transforms the content to an optimized version for display on the mobile device, according to Nokia.

There is a real focus on trying to enable data services from high tier smartphones to as low as you can go. We talk about smartphones all the time, but there are a lot of countries where smartphones are just a fraction of the market. – Pete Cunningham, analyst at Canalys

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  • Andylee_Sato

    lol, all going for the opera-concept… now I am curious whether Opera has something up to counter these new rivals on low bandwidth browsing or whether they are going to loose their long time held pole position in the mobile browsing market.

    • Martin Suchan

      I’m curious whether Opera has patent for “compression in mobile browser”… if so, they’re gonna wait until all major browsers implement such technology, and then… profit :)

      • Vygantas Lipskas

        They don’t believe in software patents :) At least that was the case 3 years ago.

        So I guess the answer is no 

        • Andylee_Sato

          major reason for using Opera :)

          • Armin

            Probably a major reason why Opera cannot afford to do more marketing either. :(

        • Marcos Caceres

          Opera does believe in patents, and files them regularly. They don’t believe in using them in an anti-competitive fashion (like Apple does). 

  • Vygantas Lipskas

    Good, I hope IE Mobile for WP7 follows.

  • Relgorka Shantilla

    Incidentally, Opera is migrating the compression backend from jpeg reductions to webp version. Smaller size, faster load and generally better quality. Also they still promise not to use your data against you, or create long-term usage profiles.

  • Mors

    Wasn’t nokia migrating to Windows Phone 7 which uses IE ? What a lost company.