Monday, November 14, 2011

Nokia browser saves end-user money with 90% data compression

Nokia latest browser has been designed to save end users money on data costs by compressing data by 90 per cent.

The Services Manager for Nokia West Africa, Mr. Olumide Balogun made this disclosure at an interactive session with ICT journalists in Lagos, recently.

He said that the latest Nokia browser has the ability to condense and optimize websites for mobile devices by up to 90 per cent, thereby reducing data traffic.

“Compressed pages also ensures up to four times the speed of other browsers when delivering content to the device,” he said.

Balogun also said that the featured tab contains links to some social network sites, news, entertainment, information and web applications that Nokia recommends to its customers, which include local websites and services.

Nokia latest browser, he said, start pages helps the consumer to find the best content, suggesting locally relevant links to deliver relevant content.

Within the featured tabs, he explained that the web application tab equally helps delivery to the consumer web applications that run within the browser, thus allowing the consumer to access information as he or she would if the application was resident on the device.

Further, Balogun, who was accompanied by the Communication manager at Nokia West Africa, Mr. Osagie Ogunbor, noted that the swipe functionality on the browser enables consumers with touch enabled devices to swipe either right, left and down to access their favorites, which shows top sites regularly visited by the user; history of sites recently visited and features like the content recommended to the user in addition to sections within the Nokia browser.

According to him, proxy servers take care of the compression before delivering compressed payload to the consumer and this happens in a very short time that even the consumer does not notice any delay.

He revealed that the 1.5 release of the browser would include options such as download manager, password manager, Facebook improvements, updated toolbar log-in, categories bar, one field and full screen browsing.

Balogun pointed out that with download manager, Nokia consumers have access to browse while they download and supports pause and resume for downloads. While the password manager eliminates the need to type in information every time a user visits a site that requires login.

On the Facebook improvements, he said, it affords users of the latest Nokia browser to file upload for sharing photos, improved rendering and faster log-in, whereas the updated toolbar log-in facilitates simple, intuitive toolbar and single click for common activities.

Even as the ccategories’ bar, he said, is a one tap access to options, current page, favorites and web. Just as one field enables search and web address, which also doubles as progress bar, with full screen browsing, paves way for better user experience, among others.

Remmy Nweke

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