Internet browsing has changed a lot since the world became witness to the first ever website in history. In this generation, websites are now viewed in various screens, including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
According to a 2015 report by Pew Internet, 64 percent of Americans own at least one smartphone. This reveals one important fact: mobile browsing is emerging as a new Web standard. As a result, developers have adjusted their websites to be optimized for mobile devices.
On top of that, mobile users are now able to access apps that allow them to browse websites using their devices. Here are five of the best online mobile browsers to use this year:
1. Google Chrome (for Android and iOS)
Dubbed as “the fast, free browser that’s built for the modern web,” Google Chrome is known for its minimalist look and high-powered performance. Its mobile version is similar to the desktop Chrome with an integrated address-and-search field, as well as voice search for mobile users.
2. Firefox (for Android and iOS)
The mobile version of Firefox packs a mean punch in terms of features: tabbed browsing, desktop sync, and add-on functionality. The latter allows users to implement security features such as ad blockers and a password manager.
3. Safari (for iOS)
Apple’s signature Web browser is available for mobile devices running on iOS. Safari claims to be fast and energy-efficient, with built-in privacy functions for private browsing.
4. Opera (for Android)
As one of the first mobile browsing platforms in the market, Opera continues to provide responsive browsing with data compression functionality to make browsing ultra-fast. The Android version of Opera offers cross-device sync and private browsing features.
5. Dolphin (for Android and iOS)
It may not be as popular as the other mobile browsers, but Dolphin offers standout features for mobile users such as gesture bookmarks, voice search, and tabbed browsing.
Things to expect in mobile browsers
The most obvious difference between desktop and mobile browsers is screen size. Traditional desktop screens can accommodate more content in a single window because of the larger screen size, but it doesn’t mean that the same content is unavailable to mobile users. That’s why responsive design has continued to flourish through modern websites, in order to capture the mobile browsing market.
Another concern for mobile browsers is security. A common initial impression is that mobile browsers are less secure than their desktop counterparts, but the truth is that online security depends not on the browser but more on the security features that the mobile device owner has installed. Here are some ways to increase security in mobile browsers:
Finally, don’t expect all websites to display properly on your mobile device. Not all sites are responsive or mobile-friendly, and so it’s possible that some websites may appear to have limited functionality and view on your tablet or smartphone.
These five browsers are not only compatible with mobile gadgets, but are also safe and secure to prevent unauthorized access to your personal data. Of course, you’re free to install online security apps to strengthen your mobile line of defense.