April 1, 2007

Mobile web browsing

Filed under: Mobile,Technology — Allan @ 12:44 pm

Just had a look at Microsoft Deepfish, which is an interesting approach to browsing the web on a mobile device. Deepfish runs on your web server, and when the page is requested by a mobile device, Deepfish grabs a screenshot of the rendered webpage, and serves that out to the mobile browser at the right size for its screen. You can then zoom in and move about the page, when zoomed in, links and forms work as expected.

Technology preview, all beta slots appear to be filled and runs on Windows Mobile 5.0. So unless you’re using a windows mobile smartphone or pocket pc you won’t be using it any time soon.

I wonder though whether it’ll catch on. Sure for developers it’s great – code the site once and bung Deepfish on the server, and mobile browsers can click and zoom – job done. But when the site is designed in a specific way with navigation easy to find and use, doesn’t this just break all of that? I think I’ll watch this one and see where it goes.


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