Update: I’ve managed to modify this app to use the same US based English server as UCWEB’s official English releases. This means that Facebook, Twitter, My Opera and all the other sites that were blocked by China’s “Great Firewall” are no longer blocked. In addition the start page is in English instead of Chinese (which appeared as a bunch of little boxes because iDEN phones don’t have Chinese fonts).
This is an unofficial translation of the UCWEB Browser’s version 188.8.131.52 for “low memory” phones. Only these rare low memory versions work on iDEN phones. The full versions all fail to install, even the just released 7.0 version. You don’t really give much up though, the main difference is that the low memory releases omit the download manager, SMS sending and calling features, none of which would work on iDEN phones anyway because Motorola’s “security” blocks 3rd party apps from accessing the file system, microphone and messaging.
Compared with the earlier UCWEB 6.0 and 6.3 versions I’ve posted on BoostApps this one has a couple of very nice enhancements. It has a new “small” bit mapped font that looks looks great on my i776 and it does word wrap instead of splitting lines in the middle of words. Scrolling is much faster than with Opera Mini 4.2 or Bolt and images and text are fit to screen width so horizontal scrolling is never needed.
The only thing I haven’t been able to change is that the browser still sends “zn-ch” in the HTTP accept-language header. This causes some sites including Google to serve their Chinese version. It’s usually possible to switch to the English one. With Google click the “Google in English” link at the bottom of most pages.
I really like this browser. Although pages don’t look as nice as they do in Opera Mini and Bolt, the user interface is much less “laggy” and it has tabbed browsing and copy/paste.
Some tips for getting the most out of UCWEB:
- Go into Menu -> Set -> System Settings and change the following:
- Set Text section to “Do not use sub -” To keep the browser from splitting pages which isn’t needed on iDEN phones.
- Change Picture Quality to “Standard” (“Low Color” is faster but pretty ugly, “Full Color” is slow and doesn’t look much better than Standard
- Change User-Agent to “Safari” if you like to see the full versions of sites or to “Openwave” if you prefer sites to server their mobile web version.
Vendor: UC.cn, translated by Sergyu – Product Page, Forum, Manual
Data Connection Required: Yes
Minimum Java ME profile: MIDP 2.0
Screen Size: All
Touch support: Yes
Reported Working On: Motorola i776, LG Rumor Reflex
Reported Not Working On: Sanyo Incognito
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.