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    Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

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    New features are:

    - Single Browser icon
    - Preview Mode
    - Web feed support
    - Auto Synchronize
    - Support for frames
    - Ability to forward bookmarks


    Single Browser Icon
    A single Browser icon on the Home screen allows BlackBerry device users a single entry point to the Browser. The Browser supports the following three configurations:
    • BlackBerry Browser - available to BlackBerry Enterprise Solution users only. It is used to browse content inside the BlackBerry device user’s corporate firewall, and optimizes the appearance of HTML web pages.
    • Internet Browser - used to access web pages that allow BlackBerry device users to subscribe to BlackBerry browser push services, or access ring tones, and optimizes the appearance of HTML web pages.
    • Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Browser - the browser is only configured with access to the wireless carrier’s portal and carrier-specific subscription services (such as voice mail), and optimizes the appearance of Wireless Markup Language (WML) web pages.
    To choose a browser configuration, complete the following steps:
    1. Click the Browser icon.
    2. Display the menu and select Options.
    3. Select Browser Configuration.
    4. Click the Browser field and select the desired browser configuration.
    5. Display the menu and select Save Options.

    Preview Mode
    This feature allows you to view a thumbnail version of a large web page and quickly navigate to a section the you wish to view.
    To view a thumbnail version of a web page, complete the following steps:
    1. When viewing the web page, display the menu in the BlackBerry Browser.
    2. Select Preview Mode. A thumbnail image of the web page appears in the top-right corner. Scroll up and down the preview window and click the section you wish to view.



    Web Feed Support
    A web feed is a data format used for providing subscribers frequently updated content, such as new stories and headlines.
    Web feeds can be added to the BlackBerry Browser much like adding a bookmark. When you open a web feed, it displays a list of top stories by title. To read a story, you click on the title. For example, if you open a sports web feed for a new web site, you can scan a list of sports stories that the web site has published since the last time you checked the web feed.
    For more information, see the user guide for your BlackBerry device.


    Auto Synchronize
    This feature allows you to set up the BlackBerry Browser to automatically scan for updates to bookmarks and web feeds stored on the BlackBerry device. When a bookmark or web feed is added or edited, you can set the Auto Synchronize field to how often the BlackBerry Browser should check for updates to the web page. When the BlackBerry Browser scans a web page that has been updated, the bookmark or web feed will appear in bold and italic. For more information, see the user guide for your BlackBerry device.



    Note: The Auto Synchronize field will not appear if the Content Protection field is enabled.


    Support for Frames
    The BlackBerry Browser provides new support for HTML frames. Frames are rendered one after another to provide a representation of the web page that is more familiar to computer users.


    Ability to Forward Bookmarks
    The BlackBerry Browser now allows you to send a bookmark URL from the bookmarks list to users through email, Short Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Message Service (MMS), or personal identification number (PIN) message.

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    I like the preview mode, and the ability to forward bookmarks. Nice.

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    The new Browser is going to be one of my new favorites. Also the web feeds (kinda like an RSS feed) and the ability to forward bookmarks (I will use that to promote Pinstack).
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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    Sounds interesting,

    Thanks hydn.

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    Any word on when this will available for Bell Mobility?

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    When is it available??

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

    12 September. At the least.

    I will wait for the Rogers release when they launch the 8100 in October.

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    Going back through this, I don't see anything about streaming Audio/Video support. That was something I was really hoping for. Any thoughts about this?

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    The Single Browser Icon is default behaviour for the Browser - it's not the only configuration. If a carrier wants their WAP and HTML Browsers to appear as separate icons (like, for example, Vodafone Live! and BIBS) they can.

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    yeah yeah. i want to see the audio video support on the 8700, AND i want it to support myspace, then ill be impressed

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    RSS feeds for the blackberry that's great seeing as I never got Piconews working the way I wanted to.
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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    Quote Originally Posted by Rcbjr
    Going back through this, I don't see anything about streaming Audio/Video support. That was something I was really hoping for. Any thoughts about this?

    Rcbjr.
    I agree. I'm a little bumbed out now. The new features are great or will be great when it's released for the 8700. but like rc, I was so looking forward to the audio/video enhancements

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~thanks hydn. That's great to know. I'm glad to see the availability of the rss feeds as well.

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    What about availability for the 7130e for Verizon? any word on that one guys?

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    Re: Details of New features in OS 4.2 BlackBerry browser

    The preview mode and feeds massively reminds me of the Browser for Symbian Series60v3 which is the best so far on a mobile device

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