Nokia releases Xpress Beta app for Lumia phones, saves time and data

Xpress Beta from Nokia

Nokia has gone ahead and pushed out a beta app for its Lumia users. The app is called Xpress (Beta) and it’s an interesting concept, mostly for those folks who are on tight data-plans or are roaming internationally.

In essence, the app acts as a gateway to Nokia’s Xpress cloud service. That program takes data and compresses it before it gets to your device, cutting down on data consumption quite dramatically. It’s a similar concept to what we’ve seen in the past with Opera Mobile which also had a method to server-side compress data.

The app opens with a bunch of quick-links to common services like Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia etc. and you can add your own via the built in browser. Yes, the app has what looks to be an specially configured IE9 browser that runs its data through Nokia’s servers, allowing to you compress data.

It also features a “magazine” function that makes it more similar to a nice RSS feeder, striping away unnecessary formatting.

Nokia Xpress Beta is certainly an interesting but niche app. For those who are on plans with 2-5GB a month, there is no real benefit in using it or downloading. But for those in markets where data comes at a premium or if you’re roaming internationally, Xpress Beta seems like a lifesaver.

In fact, this app looks ike it is destined to fill in the "gap" between Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8 as the latter will such a service "built in" to the OS. Nokia mentioned how they would do this at the June Summit and this looks to be an extension of that effort.

Nokia Lumia users can pick it up here in the Nokia Collection.

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • It's no IE but i'm really liking some of those features like translating text right on the page or saving videos and links to SkyDrive directly on the browser. Also like that tab view better than on IE. 
    Though some basic things like only mobile view and such make it no go for heavy use. 
    It's still only available from Nokia Beta Labs so there's still much to do before they move it away from beta status. There's possibility it could someday rival Nokia TV, Nokia Reading, Nokia Maps and Nokia Music like apps if they keep working on it. 
  • This app will probably be available for Windows Phone 7.x only, as WP8 will have server side data compression built in (IE10) and a built in data planner. WP8 is going to rock :)
    Nothing new (Android has this feature since 4.0), but it's nice to see Microsoft closing the gap with the competitors :)
  • Aren't most mobile browsers already doing this anyway? I know mobile Safari advertises both gzip and deflate to web servers.
  • This could help people tide over if IE10 doesnt come to 7.8..And so digging that we can have multiple search sources in one..Bing , wikipedia..!!!!!
    Oh wait.. Nokia Exclusive!!! T_T
  • I havent heard about any browser doing this except opera
  • Well, UC Browser can and it is available on WP.
  • I heard of Amazons browser on tge Kindle Fire.
  • It also has full screen browsing without the adress bar. It indeed is still a beta version it stutters a lot while loading pages.
  • I'd be very happy if nokia would release a nice and simple flashlight app, similar to the one from HTC. I know there are plenty of those but they all suck. This would be a good peace of software. Nokia, start with things people have a use for, then release apps like those in this topic. first (needful) things first, you know? ;-)
  • piece, not peace of software...
  • "flashlight-x" is an excellent flashlight app, been using it for at least a year.
  • I second flashlight x. It doesn't need to be made by Nokia to be quality.
  • Flashlight xt. Check it out.
  • I don't like it. Pages load slow and are rendered ugly in this app.
  • I agree, everything takes ages to load...
  • Slow, really? Imo it's very speedy, but renders them wierdly. 
  • Really. It simply works slower than the regular IE on my Lumia with a H coverage.
  • There is youtube there.... Are the videos compressed?
  • I don't think the videos are compressed, if you go into the app.'s counters there's a note that says videos are not count
  • Sloooow! Lol.