July 11th, 2018 | Published in Demos
PocketWeb is the first mobile web browser. It was developed for the Apple Newton MessagePad in 1994 by TECO and presented for the ﬁrst time at the 1994 WWW2 Conference in Chicago. The corresponding paper won the conference’s Best Paper Award.
Mobile end-user devices at the time had only limited resources which made software development a complex task. Due to its caching strategies and a special management layer, PocketWeb only required a quarter of the memory other browsers needed in its day.
Since version 2.4, PocketWeb included capabilities to decode GIF images. A proxy service was provided to display other image formats.