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.
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.
Google Shows Off YouTube VR App for Daydream
Google today announced YouTube VR, a version of YouTube dedicated to virtual reality. It will be among the first apps to support Daydream, Google's new VR platform for Android devices.
Facebook Testing Video Services
Facebook today said it is looking to increase the number of ways people can consume video on its platform. The company is testing a revised version of its suggested videos function on the iPhone, which purports to ease the discovery process for related strings of videos.