Star Browser for Symbian evolves, serious Web alternative?

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Star Browser, last covered here on AAS, has now been signed it seems. Moreover, there's a major new version with a changelog as long as your arm. A serious competitor for Web and Opera/Opera Mini? Over to you, AAS and Symbian enthusiasts, let's evaluate it!

From the official description for Star Browser:

Star Browser is a colourful  and innovative QML/Qt powered browser, it comes with Unlimited Bookmarks, Customizable Homepage, User Sharing, a wide range of excellent user settings, Special Web search Area, 100% Fullscreen mode, Browsing History, ScreenShot Ability, Local File Access and last but not least the the UI can be changed in lots of ways from a large range of colours.

Here are the main changes, from the launch post for the new version (there are more listed, if you click through):

Much improved User Interface, 

  • Old browsing UI gone, now all features are accessible from the one big Menu (Slide Right for more options)
  • URL input available from Menu,
  • New Menu has some characteristics, Landscape/E6 shows all Items in one go, a Button with a white ring indicates that Button has a long press feature, A white fade over the Button indicates a enabled feature.
  • Symbian Qt Quick components replaced with darker backgrounds for better look and for less battery usage with in view.
  • VGA devices (E6, 702T) now support the UI better, massive shout out to Matthew kühl for all of his testing, helped me out a hell of a lot, Menu Button now shows page loading progress, and had long press features, Progress Bar is thinner and less intrusive.


  • UI Colour customisation has being taken to yet another level

Search Area

  • The Search Area has undergone a complete revamp. You now have two ToolBars, Bottom consists of Close, Search History and Quick Search Engine changing. 
  • You can now also press the Enter key on your qwerty or keyboard to search. Search Suggestions have also being added, minimum 3 Characters.


  • I've re-organised Settings to make them easier to navigate, and faster to open. 
  • You are now told to press a Bottom Tab to begin since some users where confused about how to work it.
  • Added Private Browsing - Remove Browsing History on close

General Features

  • Background file downloading added (no progress indicators, just download started/completed banners, you can choose save location and file name)
  • Application now catches Red Key and Task Manager close events allowing the browser to fully utilise its function on close features.
  • Share Area now opens Choice in Star Browser itself
  • Open in default browser choices now launch in the user selected and not Nokia browser all the time.
  • RSS Feeds Area added, very basic at the moment, simple add and open, you can have as many as you like as well.
  • Simply click on a story to open the stories page.
  • Small update manager added (located in Settings-About- the Right ToolButton on the Toolbar
  • (This is only available to Belle Refresh, Belle Feature Pack 1 and 2 users, don't ask for lower support because even I don't know why it won't work on lower than Qt 4.8 builds)

The UI is certainly different, with the bottom pop-up control panel. Some screens of Star Browser in action:

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The browser opens to two help pages, showing the pop up main menu and what all the symbols mean....

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AAS and the full New York Times site rendered OK (though slow)

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Delving deep into Star Browser's settings - and tips pages...

In use, the browser seemed a bit sluggish on my test sites (I was using a 808 on Delight firmware, if that makes a difference?), but I suspect more data points are needed for the developer - hence the news post here on AAS. Please feedback below - or directly to the developer - in order to improve Star Browser further.

You can download Star Browser here in the web-based Store on Symbian Developers. Note that if you previously had the unsigned v1.5 installed, you'll have to remove this manually first.