Nokia brags with best-in-industry HTML5 performance on the N9 browser, downplays Flash support

Nokia brags with best-in-industry HTML5 performance on the N9 browser, downplays Flash support
The MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 comes with an all-new HTML5-enabled browser – a crucial piece of software for the Finns, who failed to deliver a contemporary browser in Symbian^3, at least before the Anna update. Maybe that's the reason why Nokia picked “the browser that doesn’t annoy me” motto for the browser in the N9 and to a certain extent it seems that the company has succeeded with meeting this goal. 

There are three ways of using the browser: you can just type in addresses, pick them from your bookmarks or tap a shortcut from the launcher. It supports pinch-to-zoom and double-tap to zoom, as well as increasing the font without affecting other elements.

But it's HTML5 where the N9 browser truly shines. With a score of 283 at one HTML5 test, it outranks all other mobile browsers and takes on some desktop ones. Luckily, it supports HTML5 videos and CSS 3D, but also other mobile elements of the specifications for HTML5 like motion and location awareness. CSS 3, Javascript 1.8, XHTML and XML are all supported as well.

But the biggest downer is the lack of Adobe Flash support. You'd have to completely rely on HTML5, which might be good in the future when the standard gets widely adopted, but currently a big part of the web is in Flash. Luckily, though, YouTube already delivers content via HTML5 and the N9 browser makes use of that. Check out the screenshots below and don't hesitate to share your feelings towards Nokia's decision to go Flash-less!

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1. Ali-baba unregistered

Flash-less? That's a very applish move you're making there nokia~

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

yes... but a good one with that... android will soon be the only os with flash, and the change to html5 wil happpen even quicker...

15. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

What does that suppose to mean? Android at this very moment is flash AND HTML5 compatible. Why is it bad that Android has more features?

17. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

It's not bad that Android has more features. I guess it's just a collective wish that flash dies ASAP!! lol

2. hepresearch unregistered

It is impossible for Nokia to fight it out on all fronts... they can only do so much. Since they cannot totally compete with everyone at once, they are picking specific targets. Apple is apparently a target of choice; however, Nokia has already lost. If I were in charge of Nokia, I would stop making smartphones altogether, and focus on making cheap Series 40 and Series 30 phones for the emerging markets. If we were lucky, we might have a fighting chance to be among the top three OEM's in places like India, China, etc...

3. mark unregistered

seems like nokia trying hard to make a good come back in market...

5. Rington unregistered

Not entire nokia. By giving lots of effort maemo/meego team wants to proof that stephen Flop is the most idiotic person in tech industry . Congrats to Nokia Maemo/meego team

4. bluechrism unregistered

One of the risks of the Wp7 strategy is that the N9 will end up with a better browser, and that this is one bit of technology they won't be able to re-use in that platform. Elop has said that the tech we see in the N9 will live on in other devices, mentioning the design, but also the UI and other things. Windows Phone, whatever else, I'm sure will always use an IE based browser (IE9 based in mango, which gets a score of 125 (something like that anyway) on the Webkit 2 browser on the N9 blows that out of the water,

6. lolwoot

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

well i guess nokia do agree with apple regarding html5 is the next thing after flash

7. gaby1451

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I don't know about you, but I'm getting annoyed and tired of hearing Nokia boast about their MeeGo powered phone that they aren't even going to develop or support further come WP7 transition.

11. Issak unregistered

Agreed, specifically since their targeting out the fact that it is a Meego powered phone and they're no longer supporting it. It's just hard work, facts and boasting all going down the drain.

9. ihatelie unregistered

I get it!! it's an apple-wing website... so it will support all kind of moves that apple was done, is doing, and will do... even a move from a former enemy (maybe future though)... the enemy of your enemy is "my friend"

12. SomeGuy unregistered

Did you even read the article? "But the biggest downer is the lack of Adobe Flash support. You'd have to completely rely on HTML5, which might be good in the future when the standard gets widely adopted, but currently a big part of the web is in Flash."

10. Issak unregistered

I totally don't get this, after like limitless reviews that I've watched, WP7 always comes out on top with the fastest frame rate - specifically when compared to iPhone RIM and Android... I really don't think that charts right haha.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It doesnt matter since meego us getting killed off right?

14. ron74 unregistered

looks like meego is a fantastic os, and from the leaked video of nokia's wp7 device (the windows version of n9), that device doesnt seem to bring anything new to wp7 which is kind of disappointing...i think wp7 is as good as ios or android for a regular user, its just that from nokia side with the billion dollar deal, nokia should be able to do more w/ the os than just adding a number of apps, etc like network-operators do onto the device.... i thought nokia would do a meego on wp7....and hopefully its coming as a surprise....

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

How about this? Make it compatible with Flash, just not installed? And if the user wants to use Flash they just install it? I get what Lucas777 is saying. I've been saying if folks want HMTL5 to be the standard, start phasing out Flash. At the same time I like that I have the option, the choice to use Flash.

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