2011
07.11

PicoWeb

A simple Web browser from the publisher of PicoMail.

PicoWeb reformats pages as a single column.  It removes  background colors, borders and other styling. Text is  all the same size. Images are displayed and image quality is actually pretty good.

Type: Ad-supported
AuthorPicoWireless
Data Connection Required: Yes
Screen Size: All
Boost CDMA Compatible: (tested on Motorola Rambler): Yes
iDEN Compatible: (tested on i776): Yes
Supported iDEN phones: All with Java ( i9, i856, i776, i465, i290, etc.)

The app “PicoWeb” (72 KB) is ready to download or send to your phone as filename:”PicoWeb”.

Downloading uses paid data. Downloads are for basic phones that support Java ME such as Nokia S40 phones. They do not work on Android, Apple, Firefox or Windows phones.

Download to your Phone

Go to http://boostapps.com with your phone's browser, click the "Enter jump code" link and enter this jump code: 4874

Download to your PC

JAD JAR ZIP

  1. This is a fake browser

    • Why do you say it’s fake? It came from the Pico site.

  2. Hi denis sir. My phone is samsung metro 312. My phone does not support any facebook app. What i have to do?

  3. I only have Opera Mini 4.3 and no pc , so I am not going to manually enter all the url’s .
    Buy a Boost Mobile i465 (they’re cheap) and test your browser on it .

  4. This browser is very slow , messes up on reformatting the websites , even when it is a mobile site .
    Links are often lost or mapped incorrectly and it takes forever to scroll .
    I highly recommend Opera Mini 4.3 or Bolt Lite over this browser .

    • > This browser is very slow

      In my (albeit limited) tests, PicoWeb is pretty fast for most pages (it sacrifices alot of features for plain out speed). Is there a URL that you’ve noticed this with? The issue may be related to Boost or some buffering on the handset itself, though if you’ve tested other browsers on the same network, same handset and they’re faster than PicoWeb, that’d be of interest to me.

      > messes up on reformatting the websites

      PicoWeb tries to pack as much displayable info on a page as it can, which, on some pages, torments the layout the web author intended. I can dial back some of this whitespace elimination code if it’s proving to be detrimental to the user experience — please, as before, send me some sample URLs that you think reformat poorly and we’ll see about prettying them up.

      > Links are often lost or mapped incorrectly

      Two part answer: If a link if generated ala JavaScript, this will not be visible with PicoWeb as it doesn’t support JavaScript (yet!). For non- JavaScript- generated links, I did review the canonicalization code for a URL and, indeed, there was a problem that has now been fixed and pushed out, so I’d invite you to check those sites again (no need to reinstall PicoWeb) that did show missing or URLs that could not be clicked and resulted in content and see if they’re showing now. Thanks for mentioning this, was a good report, please keep reporting things (with as much detail, examples as you can stomach) you dislike about PicoWeb and I’ll do my best to improve it.

  5. This is a waste of memory

  6. in my honest opinion this browser is terrible.

    • I’d like to know the details of why you think this (please be as specific as possible). Keep in mind that this browser is meant to be a minimalist browser for a wide range of low- end cellphones, so it needs to sacrifice alot of features for portability and speed. Still, I’m keen to understand any issues / complaints people may have about it.

  7. Why the picoweb not coming on my phone its a sanyo boost mobile incognito

    • Not coming? You mean not installing? When you open this page in the phone browser and click the JAD link what happens?

  8. To correct some inconsistencies in the description of PicoWeb: PicoWeb does a similar architecture as Opera — middleware server to do the compute/network- instensive tasks found in a typical web page, such as image reduction and byte- stream compression, to accelerate the browsing experience for end- users. Also, PicoWeb does support bold / italics, though some phones likely do not supports those fonts and they simply fallback to normal fonts instead. For more information about PicoWeb, visit the PicoWireless home page at: http://www.picowireless.com.

    • Thanks for the update Roger. I’ve updated the post to remove the incorrect information.

  9. Thanks. I thought about doing that, but I didn’t. Oh well.

  10. How do I get my pin number for the PicoWeb? Was it in the downloading process? Otherwise I can’t access the the setup.

    • The PIN is optional. It lets you lock other users out of the browser. Just leave it blank and click OK to get to settings.

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