Nokia Funding Minimo
Friday June 18th, 2004
CNET News.com is reporting that Nokia is funding Minimo. The Minimo project aims to build a version of Mozilla that can run on small devices such as mobile phones and PDAs. Nokia began funding development last year but has not yet shipped any Minimo-powered phones, with most of the company's lineup currently using Opera's smartphone browser.
Yeah I saw this story, it's great news, but I'm not sure I'm entirely convinced by minimo.
In particular, the idea of trying to produce a cut-down Mozilla that can run on small devices is great.
But I'm not sure it will ever get really small; right now it only runs on pretty much the largest 'small devices'. Of course, small devices are getting larger in terms of memory etc. all the time, but will this really happen quickly enough for Minimo to get a hold? How does Minimo's footprint compare to handheld Opera?
And their 'small device stylesheet' is sort of.. well... hrm. I don't think the concept really works. I think a simple throw-away-style button would probably do better; basically like toggling to a plain-text browser. Trying to keep some existing layout while throwing half of it away is basically not going to work.
Of course I wish the project all the best.