WebKit-Based Azingo Browser Coming To Cellphones

If all you were expecting at Mobile World Congress this month was new mobile phones, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that software vendors should be there en masse as well. Take Azingo, for instance, who will make the trek to Barcelona in order to showcase two new WebKit-based products compatible with a litany of cellphones.

If there's one thing the mobile realm still needs, it's better browsers. Aside from Apple's iPhone and the T-Mobile G1, web browsers on handsets are generally useless under intense pressure. Some may argue that the browser on RIM's BlackBerry Storm deserves to be in that group, but quite frankly, it falls short in too many places. We, along with scads of others, are hoping that Azingo's forthcoming Azingo Browser and Azingo Web Runtime applications will bring useful browsing to handsets that are currently hamstrung.

Each product is "designed to enable handset makers to deliver next generation Web 2.0 experiences on mobile phones," and as mentioned, each is based on the proven WebKit open source technology. Azingo has made clear that both are ready to be licensed for open and proprietary operating systems, but it remains to be seen how many phone manufacturers will take interest. According to the company, the Azingo Browser offers up "industry leading performance and desktop-class features to a broad class of mobile phone products with both touch and keypad user interfaces." It'll boast familiar features such as tabbed browsing, cookies, history, bookmarks, security, easy-to-use page navigation and multimedia plug-ins; better still, the app works with Adobe Flash Lite v3.1. As for Azingo Web Runtime, that's a tech that installs and executes web applications (better known as widgets) on a variety of mobile platforms including W3C, Nokia S60 and Apple Dashboard (to name a few).

So, phone companies -- are you listening? We want better browsing, thus, we want you to pay attention to Azingo. Pretty simple.