October 3, 2012 7:46pm
Nokia is launching an interesting product today for its line of Lumia Windows Phones. Dubbed Nokia Xpress, the app functions as a browser that takes advantage of data compression techniques, cutting down on bandwidth usage by up to 90%.
While not a web browser in the traditional sense, Xpress does allow you to search for and browse existing web content in a format that is light on images and heavy on curation. In addition to being able to browse the web, Xpress offers a magazine-style RSS reader, and the ability to translate pages into a number of languages. The RSS feature will prompt you to add pages to the built-in feed reader when you come across a site that supports it.
The Xpress Cloud features hooks Bing searches in with YouTube and Wikipedia, and you can save pages for offline reading, as well as download (or upload, perhaps) images and video to a SkyDrive account for future access. There’s also a nice bookmarks feature called Quick Links.
Bandwidth saving comes in the form of an algorithm that downsamples images, or just doesn’t load them at all, depending on how “important” they are to the content. This can be adjusted from within the app as well.
Check out Nokia Xpress in the Windows Phone Marketplace now, and head past the break for a demo video.