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Old 08-07-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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I keep hearing rumours that the 900 will one day have an upgrade to make it also function as a web browser. I doubt that anybody but Sony can confirm this even though in talking to help desk they said that Sony might do the update in the future. I guess he used the term might so that doesn't indicate Sony will actually follow through. Anybody have any insight or speculations as to whether this will ever happen.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:09 PM   #2
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im waiting for these firmware modders to incorporate a Kindle based web browser , it would be awesome i mean there is a app section on the 900 i see why not we cannto get FB or Twtter integreation or something of the sort.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:02 AM   #3
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I'm not sure why I'd use an inferior device for browsing the web or FB. Keep in mind this might increase what Sony has to pay for the 3G access of these devices since people would be using it (presumably) for more than shopping at Sony's bookstore, which is the one and only thing you can do with the 3G at this point. From what I've read Sony rarely releases firmware upgrades or even fixes for their e-readers.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:06 AM   #4
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I have never used an e-ink device for browsing the web - yet, somehow, I suspect it wouldn't be a great experience. The screen is too slow, after all.

Also, the 3G connection is a big issue. I mean, the way it is set up, with a free connection, I am sure could not support browsing the web - I am sure they cannot offer you a free connection while allowing for the download of large quantity of data. They would have to come up with a new pricing plan as well.

In short... it would be nice, but I wouldn't hold my breath... I don't think it will ever happen, frankly.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:30 AM   #5
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Kindle has a free connection and it has a web browser so those doubts are smashed, as far as a "inferior device" theres nothing wrong with being able to see your FB in a widget or take for instance have the ability share on your social sites that you are currently reading a certain book.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:31 AM   #6
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The Store interface in PRS-900 does use a web browser (based on WebKit), but I don't expect Sony to allow browsing anything else besides the shop.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:20 AM   #7
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just checking webmail

I certainly would like to have ability to go to hot spots at airports, hotels, coffee shops etc. when I'm away from my computer and with my trusty 900 alongside me for reading be also able to check my email for free rather than going to a charging internet access building.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:48 AM   #8
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But that's just it. Sony built the price of the 3G into the device in hopes that they would recoup those costs when you purchase items from their store. So, it's not "free" in any sense. I'd be shocked if Sony opens up already released readers to using the 3G for anything but shopping on Sony's store.
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Like most everyone else seems to think, I'd be surprised if they came out with an update, especially one of that magnitude. There are, in my opinion, a bunch of other things they could also release in an update so it would be nice to see something. I don't think it will happen though, I'm betting on a new device that has the fixes/changes/updates from the old one. After all, why give them away for free when they can get you to buy a whole new device
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