Novarra Aims to Improve Smartphone Web Surfing
Today Novarra announced its new Vision Platform for smartphones. The platform takes advantage of the hardware on smartphones, such as touch screens and keyboards and integrates those components into HTML and other web technologies to make browsing better. It offers support for video, Flash, multimedia and RSS; SmartNav single click jump to search, login and main content; multiple viewing options that make the best use of the particular handset's strengths; mobile widgets and personalized content; and network-based acceleration to speed up content delivery. The Vision Platform is a product for handset makers and network operators to deploy.
Google Overhauls Its News Reader App, Brings It to the Web
Google today announced a wholly refreshed version of Google Play Newsstand that reimagines the newsreader and expands its availability beyond smartphones and tablets. To start, Google is relying on machine learning to make more personalized recommendations for readers.
YouTube VR to Support Co-Watching
Google today said it is updating YouTube VR with the ability for multiple people to watch and share experiences at the same time. The new tools will make it possible for those with their own headsets to do what Google calls co-watching.
Google's AMP-lified Content to Be Prioritized In Mobile Search
Google today said people should see AMP'd content appear most prominently in mobile search. Google kicked of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages Project) last year with the goal of improving web page load times on the mobile web.
Apple Targets Augmented Reality
Apple says its new mobile platform will soon become the biggest augmented reality platform with the adoption of ARKit, a new way for developer to take advantage of existing iOS hardware and software to generate AR experiences. Apple is already working with game and other content developers to bring AR to the iPhone and iPad.