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Have you tried the jB5 browser?

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OEM integration specialist Jataayu has released a Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone browsers, named jB5, together with a community aimed at focusing development of the browser.

Available for download (for WM5 Smartphones or Symbian devices) at the jB5 website (registration required), the jb5 browser is free in it's current Beta phase. Here's why Jataayu think it's a bit special...

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jB5 - the truly mobile web browser, has been evolving continuously over the last 6 years and more, right from the time the first WAP browser made its appearance in year 2000. jB5 is architected to extend the excellence of its earlier WAP1x and WAP2 browsers to the HTML world which has seen more than 20 million product licenses being issued.
The combined WAP and HTML browser delivers powerful web browsing functions and provides excellent support for WAP standards including support for WAP1x and WAP2 protocols and content types.

Award-Winning Technology

jB5 with its Adaptive Rendering - ART® has evoked tremendous interest in the mobile devices technology marketplace. Within 9 months of its launch, jB5 with ART® has won for Jataayu the ZDNet Asian Top Techno Visionary 2006 award.

What’s special about ART®

ART –or Adaptive Rendering Technology, provides the most usable adaptation of web pages for mobile phones. ART provides the flexibility to select the rendering mechanism best suited for the variety of device capabilities in use today and provides for a continuous enhancement of adaptation algorithms. ART enables a new level of content presentation ultimately making it easier for users to access content and services than before.

JB5 provides you the facility to import all your bookmarks/favorites from your Desktop PC using the Import Bookmark feature. This provides desktop users the power of getting all their favorites/bookmarks into their jB5 quickly.

Personalize Wizard allows you to preserve values entered in form fields for future use. Thus pages containing form fields that need to be filled in frequently like login pages, query pages, etc, can be saved once and accessed without having to re-enter these fields again. Pages stored using Personalize Wizard will take you directly to the resulting page, thus bypassing the initial page where these fields would otherwise have to be entered.

A special folder called “Personalize Wizard” folder will be created in Favorites folder in jB5. This folder will contain special bookmarks created by Personalize Wizard.

Personalize Folder may be locked by a PIN (a 4-digit number) to avoid unauthorized access. PIN for Personalize Folder can be set by selecting Options->Settings on jB5’s main menu. On the Settings screen, scroll down and click on the “Manage personalize Wizard PIN” link. Enter current PIN (if set previously) and the new PIN. Leaving the new PIN field blank, will unset the PIN allowing access to “Personalize Wizard” without validation.

Note: Personalize Wizard PIN cannot be retrieved if lost. In the event you loose the PIN, you will have to delete the Personalize Wizard folder completely. Doing so, will also delete all the stored links as well.

Exclusive features of jB5 for Win Mobile 5.0

Home Screen Favorite

jB5 has a unique feature where you can move some of your really favorite links to the home screen. This creates a separate entry on the home screen with a specific icon if available. Clicking on this link will directly launch jB5 and fetch the page. A maximum of 3 links can be configured on the home screen.

WAP Push

jB5 supports WAP Push messages. Two types of push messages – SI (Service Indication) and SL (Service Loading) are currently supported. The push inbox is integrated with the messaging application as an independent account type. Thus on installation of jB5 you will see a new messaging component called WAP Push among other components such as SMS, Email and MMS in the application.

So what's it actually like to use? I'm installing it on my excalibur now (it didn't want to play on my Pocket PC), and then I can tell you ;)

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I have been using for a couple of days. It seems pretty good to me (on Samsung SGH-i320). Loads quickly, no crashes so far and I like to format of the pages. It also avoids all the annying website auto-reformatting to xHTML or WAP which happens with other browsers - even some which are supposed to report themselves as full html....only problem is it is missing HTTPS in the version I have installed, but I note this is deliberate in the current release. It is not perfect but I think I prefer it to the MS default browser.

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I have been using for a couple of days. It seems pretty good to me (on Samsung SGH-i320). Loads quickly, no crashes so far and I like to format of the pages. It also avoids all the annying website auto-reformatting to xHTML or WAP which happens with other browsers - even some which are supposed to report themselves as full html....only problem is it is missing HTTPS in the version I have installed, but I note this is deliberate in the current release. It is not perfect but I think I prefer it to the MS default browser.

What's different about the formatting? Can you upload any screenshots?

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Indeed, it is faster than IE at formatting pages, but when loading a page, the browser refreshes it at least 3 times, thus making total waiting time longer than IE in most case, with complex pages.

It has been crash free and slowdown-free as of now (which I can't say about IE: after 2-3 pages it's almost hanged and hangs the phone too).

However, i find that IE renders most pages better.

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This browser is quite sluggish on my Moto Q, but it does seem to show some promise. I'll track its development to see what it offers in future releases.

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I tried it briefly but I didn't care for it. It does tend to load a page more than once (on mdigger it would load the wap style version then the more colorful version). And I couldn't really get it to display the more complicated pages more correctly than pie (I used woot as my bench mark). But like a couple others have said it shows promise, so I'll try out the next build.

One feature I wish it had (and opera mobile and mini had as well) is the ability to import favorites from pie.

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The favorite import feature is in the about-to-be-release Opera 8.65 (see the WinMo News Area) ;)

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