Friday, October 4, 2019

Naver Whale browser on LG's dual-screen phone

Here is a glimpse of what using Naver's Whale mobile browser will be like on a dual screen phone.

LG has released some teaser shots promoting their partnership with Naver and demonstrating the ease of use when combing their phone, the LG V50s ThinQ dual screen, with Whale browser, which is being specially tooled to adapt to dual-screens like this. Whale browser will come pre-installed on the phone by default.

Promo image for the LG V50 dual screen and Naver Whale browser



All images are from LG's Facebook post, embedded below.

Promo image demonstrating browsing product details without having to click out of the list.

Reading the content of news articles without having to exit the news list screen

Translations side by side


Here's the embed of the post. Leave a comment and you might win the phone for yourself. 




I think this is pretty interesting because as far as I know (I can be wrong), no mobile browser is ready to take advantage of dual-screen phones yet we've now seen 3 of them get released (Samsung Fold, this LG phone, and Microsoft's new device the Surface Duo). Chrome for Android had a feature for running two tabs side by side on larger screen devices, but this "split screen" functionality essentially maintained 2 different experiences side by side. Or you can just split the tab across 2 screens with a giant slice through the middle. From the looks of it, Whale will support complimentary functionality between the 2 screens.

Of course that's based on the images here. I haven't seen much text documenting how Whale's "omnitasking" is really any different from a glorified split-screen experience. Similar features in the desktop version (which is somehow a majorly promoted feature of Whale) aren't that appealing to me. Do I need my Twitter feed displayed in a side-bar? Do I need links to open in a side window? It reminds me too much of the fad for website frames in the late 1990s. But I can see where power users would benefit, and if it's executed like in the pictures, useful for normal folks. And of course other apps can take advantage of the dual screen on their own.

It should be interesting to see where this goes, and who knows, it might even end up being a way for Whale to gain serious traction in the international browser market.

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