Microsoft has a project called "Deepfish". Deepfish is a browser for Windows Mobile devices, designed especially for the need of the bandwidth constrained PDA devices. No need to say, only Windows devices will bes supported.
The trick is, that the content is rendered on the server and then transported to the client, the smart phone. There the user can select or zoom into the sites, and get the same browsing experience as on the desktop.
Microsoft sums it up to these points:
Deepfish is a lightweight client application that leverages a powerful server side technology for delivery of content such as web pages to a Windows Mobile device. Content is displayed in a familiar desktop format that requires no additional work by the content or site author.
- A familiar look and feel of web pages on mobile as seen on desktop.
- Bandwidth optimized rendering for faster content delivery.
- Address bar web navigation.
- Intuitive zooming, panning and cue map for quick navigation and browsing.
- Support for simple link navigation and form submission.
Well, lets see, how the browser is really performing. At the moment, they are in pre-beta state, and unfortunatly not downloadable at the time of this writing.
However, I would be interesting, who they perform the rendering "server side". Probably, they recode the medias embedded in the site the lower resolutions, as in terms of bandwith, this has the most influence. This technique is already used by the industrie in serveral mobile GMS or UMTS based Internet Service Providers.
These techniques usually take a website, and recode all images in it to a lower resolution. As the mentioned ISPs targeting laptop users, this is noticable in quality. But the mobile devices usually have a lot lower screen resolution, so recoding the content will be unoticeable if done properly -- Also, with the zoom in feature the server can preload the layout, and then send fine details.
On the backside, of course, as this technology needs a server, you need faith, that the powr that comes with it is not misued: This perfectly collects user profiles, you can decide what content to deliver and what you think is not appropiate to your customers....
Well, we'll see... I'll try to get a preview, and if successful, I'll write a review about it.
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