Every day I read about new services and ways to use the Android and iPhone webkit browsers, yet thereâ€™s been no change to make some of these tools work well with the s60 software.Â I canâ€™t even open a new tab without a silly bookmark hack, and it seems thereâ€™s been little to no change in the S60 browser for a very long time.
By now, I would expect (and I donâ€™t even think itâ€™s that big a deal really) to be able to launch a new tab from within the browser yet there is NO way to do this.Â It should be a menu item!Â Once you have a few tabs open there is also NO tab management system â€“ they can only be displayed in the order in which theyâ€™ve been opened.
I originally blogged about this in the fall of 2007.Â Since that time, weâ€™ve seen a number of new devices, a revised OS and yet the browser is still the exact same thing.Â Iâ€™m sure someone will correct me that the actual version number (undetectable to users) has changed, but there is nothing new here.Â I asked about this feature at Nokia World and did not see it in the N97 prototype shared with us over dinner either unfortunately.
My initial hack involves using a start page that forces new windows to spawn (like m.twitter.com) though today I use a homescreen shortcut to a bookmark of about:blank.Â If you drop to either your multimedia menu or the homescreen and use that, it will force a new windows to open.
If you are going to talk about the full internet in a pocketable mobile computer, we should also recognize that itâ€™s quite likely youâ€™ll be multitasking across several web sites at once and need a simple (and standard!) way to open a new tab.Â Why is the Nokia Internet Tablet the only device that does this?