AvantGo, the once ubiquitous application for all PDAs, is shutting down its web sync service. Users of the service have just begun to see banners stating, “Starting June 30, Avantgo will no longer offer mobile web content.” With modern wireless networks and browsers built in to new smartphones, the on device browser just couldn’t meet the demands of modern consumers. While there are no direct competitors to this service (in the consumer market) there are a few companies that meet the needs of some consumers. AvantGo is suggesting mysnacs.com as an alternative. Some users have received this message:
If you are an 8MB account subscriber you may be entitled to a refund for a portion of your subscription fees that are unused. To request a refund, please click here and submit the refund request form. You will need to reference your AvantGo User ID (included in this email).
To continue receiving news and information from your favorite content providers, you should visit that content provider’s channel before June 30 for details on how to obtain their content other than through AvantGo. Also, AvantGo recommends the Snac mobile widget application – a new, fun way to get your favorite content on your mobile device. You can find out more about Snac at: http://www.mysnacs.com/landing?token=avantgo0609
The AvantGo Team
AvantGo taught its approximately 10 million recorded users what to expect of the mobile web and defined a market for the mobile device browsers followed. Aspects of the service’s design are sure to remain in the mobile computing field. Many former AvantGo engineers went on to help develop Yahoo! Go, Google Gears, and other mobile content services.
If HTML 5 ever gets adopted, most of the offline browsing features will be available on a large number of browsers. Safari 4 beta already supports the site manifest file aspects of HTML 5 for pre-downloading content (a feature that has caused some controversy over wasted bandwidth) which allows offline view of pages.
According to parent company Sybase, AvantGo will transition from a mobile web service, to an SMS advertising and content delivery system.