Understanding the BlackBerry device browsing environment

When you develop web content for the BlackBerry® Browser, you must be aware of the web standards that the BlackBerry Browser supports and determine how to develop web content that functions within those supported standards. However, to create an effective browsing experience on the BlackBerry Browser, you must understand more than just what the BlackBerry Browser supports. You must also be aware of the physical components of the wireless browsing environment in which the BlackBerry Browser exists, and how they contribute, positively and negatively, to the user's wireless browsing experience. These physical components include the following:
  • The BlackBerry devices: BlackBerry device models have different versions of the BlackBerry Device Software, different screen sizes, and different input methods.
  • The wireless network: Wireless networks possess less bandwidth than wired networks or Wi-Fi® networks. Wireless networks provide reduced data transfer rates, which results in increased network latency.
  • The network gateway: Network gateways connect the wireless network, over which the BlackBerry devices communicate, to the wired network, on which web servers and data systems exist. Different network gateways offer different support for content optimization and content delivery strategies. The BlackBerry Browser is designed to communicate through several network gateways.

Developing content with the wireless environment in mind can help you to work around some of the limitations inherent in wireless browsing. With a greater understanding of the BlackBerry Browser, you can make the content development decisions necessary to provide the functionality that users require, while also providing a positive wireless browsing experience.

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