OS updates make browsing better

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For all of their strengths, if there’s one thing BlackBerrys justifiably get criticized for, it’s poor web browsing. So when good friend Craig Johnston from the Mobile Computing Authority tipped us off to some web browsing improvements offered in OS 4.2, we were surprised that RIM didn’t make more noise about it.

Here’s what Craig had to tell us:

If you have a Pearl or 8800, which has 4.2 already loaded (note: we’ve discovered that this feature requires 4.2.1, ed.), when viewing a web page, if you click menu and choose Desktop view, it renders the page like a PC and you get a mouse cursor on the screen. You can use the trackball to move freely up/down/left/right around the page and click links still.

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The second new menu item is Overview. If you click that, it does the Deepfish like trick. If you are viewing the Mobile View, the right side of the screen shows the entire page and as you move a block around, the left side is zoomed to that block’s view. If you are viewing the Desktop view and you do Overview, the entire screen zooms out and you move a block around, clicking zooms in.

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Apparently, Overview works with non-trackball 4.2 OS BlackBerrys (e.g. 8700), but we’re unsure if/how Desktop view works on the older BB’s. Still, very cool stuff. Spread the word! Browsing on your BlackBerry isn’t so bad after all!

  • http://www.livingscrapbooks.com/ Bill Andrews

    Nuts, my T-Mo Pearl has version 4.2.0.64. ANyword on when 4.2.1 will be out?

  • http://www.livingscrapbooks.com Bill Andrews

    Nuts, my T-Mo Pearl has version 4.2.0.64. ANyword on when 4.2.1 will be out?

  • Krad

    It is already out… for tim italy, vodafone nz and telstra…

    just go download it from them and search for a file called vendor.xml and delete it.

    run desktop manager and application inside and it will upgrade your pearl.

  • Krad

    It is already out… for tim italy, vodafone nz and telstra…

    just go download it from them and search for a file called vendor.xml and delete it.

    run desktop manager and application inside and it will upgrade your pearl.

  • carwashi

    The desktop option isn’t available on my 8700c with 4.2 installed. Overview works great and I use it all the time.

  • carwashi

    The desktop option isn’t available on my 8700c with 4.2 installed. Overview works great and I use it all the time.

  • Manas

    This options are only in 4.2.1.66 and higher.

  • Manas

    This options are only in 4.2.1.66 and higher.

  • http://mca.libsyn.com/ Craig Johnston

    Manas, not entirely correct. If you have 4.2.0 you get Overview (but its called Preview).

    Desktop is only available on the higher OS, excepting if you have a non-trackball BlackBerry like an 8700 since (in my opinion) it wouldn’t be useful at all to try and move around a page using your scroll wheel and the ALT-scroll option.

    The trackball page navigation when in Dekstop View mode is great!

  • http://mca.libsyn.com Craig Johnston

    Manas, not entirely correct. If you have 4.2.0 you get Overview (but its called Preview).

    Desktop is only available on the higher OS, excepting if you have a non-trackball BlackBerry like an 8700 since (in my opinion) it wouldn’t be useful at all to try and move around a page using your scroll wheel and the ALT-scroll option.

    The trackball page navigation when in Dekstop View mode is great!

  • Manas

    2 Craig: You’re right, it has different names. but the desktop mode is missing :-(

  • Manas

    2 Craig: You’re right, it has different names. but the desktop mode is missing :-(

  • Karan

    Do you guys never RTFM? ;-)

    I’ve been using this on the 8800 since I got it a month ago and it rocks!

    By the way, the shortcut to get the Overview is ‘x’

  • Karan

    Do you guys never RTFM? ;-)

    I’ve been using this on the 8800 since I got it a month ago and it rocks!

    By the way, the shortcut to get the Overview is ‘x’

  • Karan

    Do you guys never RTFM? ;-)

    I’ve been using this on the 8800 since I got it a month ago and it rocks!

    By the way, the shortcut to get the Overview is ‘x’