In search for a better mobile browser

Since 2000, I am a big fan of the web. With the advent of mobile phones, Internet also came along. This uses the Wireless Application Protocol, commonly called WAP. The earlier versions were crude; utilizing 1 or 4 lines of black and white text on a small compact screen. As the years goes by, improvements were made to this technology making it more enjoyable to use, which I am thankful of.

Today one can just buy any phone brand and it’s already with a built-in web browser which is WAP2.0 compliant – meaning it could handle most web based elements without breaking the design of a browsed web page. Like Nokia, they use a re-implemented version of the open source WebKit which enables their device to render desktop websites effectively. There are also some applications for mobile phones that could drastically improve browsing experience, such as Skyfire, UCWeb, Opera Mini, TeaShark and Firefox Mobile.

Skyfire, from Skyfire Labs is a new player in the scene. As claimed, this application is the fastest and smartest mobile browser in the world. Skyfire can handle Flash videos, meaning one can watch videos from YouTube, it has a Facebook Portal Integration where one could access Facebook feeds, profile, places and status updates in one access. This application also has User Agent Switching, to load pages for either mobile or desktop. This is available on select Nokia devices, iPhone, and Android phones.

UCWeb from UC Mobile Ltd., is also a great application. It can reduce data costs up to 85% using their webpage compression technology, together with pre-load technology making mobile surfing cheaper and easier. It has multiple tab support, download manager capable of resuming downloads, web page saving, file manager with Blue tooth support, and night mode to protect your eyes in the dark.

Opera Mini gives fast mobile browsing by compressions of up to 90%. It also supports tabbed browsing, download manager and bookmark synchronisation on PC or with an account at Opera website.

Like Opera Mini, TeaShark utilises a proprietary compression and encoding system to deliver pages to the user. It has in-line editing, word completion, zoom and copy-text function.

Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox, is now out for beta. The only bad thing about this application is it is limited to “Maemo” software platform. A mobile version of this will definitely be major hit.

Personally, I use Opera Mini on my phone. It’s just cool 🙂

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