The web browser is a very important feature of any smartphone, and engineers working in different companies to think of the ways to make browsing on your phone easier and more enjoyable.
The Windows Phone has already made a few significant alterations to Internet Explorer 9 Mobile which will have the Mango browser. They located the address bar to the bottom part of the screen, and this bold move had caused some commotions among early adopters.
Mango: What has changed?
The Quest for Minimal Browser
Team behind the development of the Mango’s updated version is planning to create a faster and minimal browser that would get rid of any extraneous visuals on the smartphone’s interface. This is because they believe that too much of something can be bad, and too many things on the screen will just distract the user.
A simple and clean interface will be created and promoted by the team in order to give users faster access to the websites that they usually visit. Of course, this is not really an easy task when we’re talking about smartphones. Unlike a desktop computer which has a lot of screen real estate, a mouse and a keyboard which lets you make precise clicks and do some shortcuts, a smartphone has a smaller screen and it does not have a mouse. The challenge lies in making the surfing experience easier and more accessible given the concrete situation of phones.
The Browser that people use
The team also wanted to find out which buttons they need to get rid of on smartphones, and so they reviewed the anonymous usage data from Windows Phone owners which were voluntarily submitted to them. The address bar was the browser that is most frequently used on the phone because it also serves as a search box.
Oftentimes, developers suffer from the dilemma of choosing between design and functionality. Tradeoffs are often involved in the process, and so the makers of the IE 9 decided to move the address bar at the screen bottom and make the tabs and favorite buttons into a menu option. The Refresh/Stop button was also made bigger to make it easier to tap. Finally, the phone status info like signal strength, battery life indicator and many more were hidden to give the user a freer browsing experience.
[via Windows Blog]