Bitstream BREWs better browsing

By Dan O'Shea

Mobile browser company Bitstream, a first-time BREW conference exhibitor, announced at BREW 2008 that it is making the client/server version of its ThunderHawk browser and font-rendering solutions available in BREW to service providers, developers and handset makers.

Bitstream President and CEO Anna Chagnon said the company is currently in talks with several carriers and device makers about supporting the BREW version.  The company is leveraging a history in font-rendering and text-rendering solutions to a desktop-quality browser experience to mobile devices.

Sampo Kaasila, Bitstream vice president of research and development, said, "We believe that the majority of users are interested in the desktop version of a site."

Chagnon added that the idea of developing mobile-optimized Web sites could be a passing fad. "Why do it at this point with the advancements that are available for the device? A lot of the companies that create mobile sites end up not keeping up with updating them," she said.