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AT&T creates its own browser

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Fri Apr 18 2008, 08:27

PHONE OUTFIT AT&T has announced the beta of its new, hyper-visual web browser named Pogo.

According to the company, Pogo is based on Mozilla and with 3D technology from Vizible, AT&T.

So far AT&T has not shown off the browser to the public, but ArsTechnica has got its paws on a copy.

Pogo is Windows-only and requires Windows XP SP2 or later or Windows Vista. It needs a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a video card with at least 256MB of VRAM in order to work properly.

Yep, it soaks up resources like a sponge and really hates integrated graphics cards, virtual machines or anything which do not come with Microsoft's blessing.

In fact, even under XP, Pogo's features display, but do not do much else. Performance is extremely poor when even trying to perform basic functions like clicking UI elements in a top-of-the-range computer - an Opteron 256 with two 3GHz CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA 8800 GT video card with 512MB of VRAM.

Working out how to actually browse the web is reportedly a bit tricky, because it's a bit different from Firebadger and Internet Exploder.

Pogo uses "cells" instead of tabs, which actually function just like tabs. However, they have nice thumbnail-sized icons of the pages you have open instead.

All this chews through through resources, making the whole thing a bit pointless. µ

L'Inq
Arstechnica

 

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