NetFront™ Browser is the most advanced, versatile and powerful full Internet browser for beyond-PC devices. Specifically designed and optimized to deliver high performance in resource-constrained environments, NetFront Browser supports almost any OS and CPU, and offers low power consumption, easy customization, and a broad range of plug-ins.
These reasons and more are why NetFront Browser is the most widely available mobile Internet browser in the world today. In fact, NetFront products, including NetFront Browser as an embedded Internet browser, have shipped in over one billion devices (as of the end of January 2011) around the world, including mobile phones, digital TVs, set-top boxes, mobile handhelds, game consoles, automobile navigation systems and many other types of products.
Customers who have already ported NetFront Browser v3.5 can migrate to NetFront Browser v4.2 with minimal effort because the APIs and porting layers for both browser versions are compatible.
Web Application Platform
Revolutionary UI/UX in Link with the Host Device
Versatile Architecture and Excellent Portability
NetFront Browser is capable of operating with any OS or CPU, and can be readily incorporated into any Internet-enabled device.
NetFront Browser’s modular architecture enables the selection and implementation of only those modules that are necessary for any particular device. When saving memory is a high priority, modules containing unnecessary function code can be deleted in order to reduce the program size and memory consumption. It is also possible to support new markup languages along with original specifications, an option not available with open source browsers.
Improvements in Speed
Fast Content Display Speeds
The time required between the selection of “Select URL” and the initial display of content (First Draw) has been reduced enabling faster content display.
Zooming speeds have been substantially improved, which makes viewing Web pages easier.
Fast Rendering Mode Changes
The time required to change between rendering modes has been significantly reduced enhancing overall browsing performance.
Rendering and Navigation Modes
In the conventional desktop mode, if the text exceeds the screen width when viewing content, repeated horizontal scrolling is required, which makes browsing cumbersome. Column Rendering automatically wraps text relative to the device screen width allowing end-users to view all text simply by scrolling vertically.
Stick Navi function moves text to an easily viewable location when it approaches a column, so that text fits on the device screen. Stick Navi significantly facilitates navigation between columns.
User Experience Evolutions
Libraries and UI options offered from NetFront Browser facilitate the integration of the NetFront Browser engine with any kind of application that needs advanced Web rendering capabilities. NetFront Browser application highlights include support for Visual Bookmarks, a stunning graphical tool that allows end-users to manage their favorite Web pages and PagePilot™ a pan & zoom navigation tool that enables a desktop-like presentation of Web pages on mobile devices with limited screen sizes.
Swift Navi significantly smoothes the scrolling of Web pages on mobile devices.
Animated Zoom quickly and smoothly magnifies selected areas of a Web page.
PagePilot enables smooth pan & zoom navigation. PagePilot is activated by continuously pressing the scroll key.
Visual Bookmarks enables quick navigation and selection of bookmarks by providing thumbnail previews, page titles, and URLs for bookmarked sites.
Key Benefits NetFront Browser
For Service Providers
NetFront Browser provides an extensive and fully customizable data services platform and consistent end-user experience across multiple device types.
For Device Manufacturers
NetFront Browser provides a modularized architecture, easy integration, extensibility, compact footprint, and a reliable and proven solution on all major platforms and operating systems.
For Contents Providers
NetFront Browser provides content providers with a rich content rendering platform for embedded devices.
NetFront Browser offers the fastest, richest and most intuitive, “Full-Internet” browsing experience and services on mobile devices.
NetFront Browser for Mobile Phones
NetFront Browser is the most popular mobile browser in the world. It provides a flexible expansion of functions to support proprietary services offered by carriers. In devices where the CPU speed and memory capacity are limited, it provides an advanced browsing engine that is sufficient to view the latest PC content. It also provides original functions for high-speed browsing within the small screen and limited input key environment found on mobile phones.
NetFront Browser for IAs (Internet Appliances)
NetFront Browser is widely used in Internet appliances including digital TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes, and automobile navigation systems. Using the separately provided SDK*, developers can easily develop a user interface for the remote control of digital TVs or other Internet appliances. In combination with ACCESS’ DirectConnect, a technology that provides direct control of devices, NetFront Browser can be deployed as a platform to control and interact with Internet appliances.