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Nokia's browser compression technology now available for Lumia models

4 October 2012 by
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Nokia has released Xpress Internt beta app for Lumia smartphones which promises up to 90% compression of downloaded internet data

Nokia Xpress Internet for Lumia

Nokia Xpress for Lumia now offers a feature where online content will be compressed before being transferred to the browser client. The technology is not new as there are several browsers offering the same feature. The Bolt mobile browser and Opera Mini does the same thing.

Instead of sending a request directly to the web site, the browser sends a page request to Nokia's cloud servers which will fetch the page from the site, compress it if possible and return the page to the mobile client. Content such as text will gain most from the compression but not much for images as these are already compressed. We are not sure how the Xpress for Lumia will process images but the Opera Mini browser further compresses images which reduces image quality.

So do not expect your data usage to drop to 10% of your previous usage with the new app. The transfer reduction depends on what type of content you download.

Some of the other new features found in the new Xpress Internet app are:

  • Data Usage Monitoring
  • Saved Pages - for local storage of web pages to view later
  • Save to SkyDrive
  • Magazine - RSS reader
  • QuickLinks - adds and order titles based on visit frequency
  • Smart & Easy Discovery - tap on word to get automatic contextual search
  • Translation - translate current web page to 10 different languages

 

 

 




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Bonovox6 years, 11 months ago
Just downloaded this yesterday gonna have a play around later not used it much yet.
hihihans6 years, 11 months ago
Now I really want my Lumia back. I used to love Opera Mini, if Nokia done well it will give us highspeedturbo browsing.
Bonovox6 years, 11 months ago
Yes,only in Beta but still look promising. They do that with their Asha phones heavily compress the data but web still looks good. My brother has a cheap Asha 302 and in one month he only used 30mb Visit forum to view images
Supa_Fly6 years, 11 months ago
This is a HUGE deal! With data prices going up worldwide, the consumption of data has never been this paramount or as demanded with the likes of smartphones today and to date only 1 other company had stressed compression of data to the needs of the end user and saving via Economies of Scale for network providers.
jplacson6 years, 11 months ago
Does this compress torrent and streaming video files? What about video conferencing? If all it does it compress HTML data and jpegs, that's quite insignificant.
My data usage on my phone (sans Google Video chat, and file downloads) is under 300MB/month, this includes 24/7 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail, Kik, Whatsapp, Google Maps, and Viber activity.
Google Video chat and file downloads shoot that up to about 5GB/month.
laffen6 years, 11 months ago
I doubt it will compress anything else but data transferred from and to the browser. And the 90% claim is probably for uncompressed text only. Modern browsers such as Webkit (Safari/Android Stock browser/Chrome) are already capable of handling zip-compressed text. It is not much more to gain by compressing these even further. But there are still web sites which do not serve compressed text, which the new Nokia browser will be able to compress a lot.
http://www.microsoft.com/search/tools/
[ This Message was edited by: laffen on 2012-10-07 13:05 ]
Supa_Fly6 years, 11 months ago

On 2012-10-05 07:01:37, jplacson wrote:
Does this compress torrent and streaming video files? What about video conferencing? If all it does it compress HTML data and jpegs, that's quite insignificant.
My data usage on my phone (sans Google Video chat, and file downloads) is under 300MB/month, this includes 24/7 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail, Kik, Whatsapp, Google Maps, and Viber activity.
Google Video chat and file downloads shoot that up to about 5GB/month.

How many websites can you surf in the time it takes for you to bittorrent a file on your smartphone/PC?
Now lets add heavy RAW/JPG/PNG/GIF images, varying fonts (languages), etc. Let's now add Flash sites ... let's consider ALL of this when you're roaming!! Trust me compression doesn't sound all glitsy and fashionable to tell the kiddies but when it saves real $$$ in your pocket when roaming for 2wks at a time trust me you'll be kissing it! European carriers don't empty your wallets on roaming like Canadian/Mexico/USA carriers do.
Bonovox6 years, 11 months ago
I have used this on my Lumia 800 its not bad actually obviously not perfect yet. But you can change image quality mode too.

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