When it comes to web browsing on the iPad, the options are fairly limited compared to the offerings for the iPhone. The prime reason behind this is that most of the browsers available on the App Store have been built with the iPhone’s small screen in mind, and the same browsing apps face cluttering, lags and other issues when used on the iPad.
Looking for a different browser to use on your mobile phone instead of the preinstalled Internet browser? Unlike the three mentioned here previously, these four alternatives offer helpful tools for finding what you want on the Web quickly on your mobile phone.
What browser do you use on your mobile device? I think I am one of the perfect users for the iPhone because I don’t really look for much in terms of customizing my settings and apps. For example, I am perfectly content with Safari for mobile browsing as it works – and that is all I really need!
From what I hear from Android users, though, the ability to change little details is what gives their devices the edge. If you are an Android user, then you may already be using the Dolphin browser, which has impressed many. Yesterday, iPhone users got treated to the first release of the Dolphin browser in the App Store. I just checked it out myself and look what I found!
Firefox lovers who are also iPhone users might have been yearning for the day that a “real” version of the popular browser would be available for the Apple device. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon – if it will even happen, actually.
Yesterday, Mozilla once again announced that it is NOT going to come up with a full fledged version of Firefox for the iPhone. Instead, it is simply going to continue working on Firefox Home, which is already in existence for the iOS. Firefox Home is technically not a browser but is a bookmarking and tab synchronization technology. In a blog post yesterday, ragavan puts an end to speculation that there just might be Firefox for the iPhone:
No Firefox Browser for the iPhone
We are working to bring as much of your Firefox experience as possible to Firefox Home. People have asked about adding more browser-like features to Firefox Home, but there are technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone. We are focused on building Firefox Home as a rich, cloud-based application and making it a valuable product that people will continue to love and use.
iPhone users will also get more features from Firefox Home including password synchronization (I can just imagine how many people will find this useful!) and more connectivity to social networking sites (of course, that is a must these days). If you want to download Firefox Home (lucky iPhone user you), you can find it in the iTunes App Store.
Considering just how dependent we are on the Internet, it is not a surprise that browser developers are in a perpetual race to deliver the “best” browser to consumers. With mobile phones being used by more and more people to get on the Internet, mobile Internet browsers, naturally, are in demand. While going online via your phone is quite convenient, sometimes, the features of mobile browsers are simply incomparable to the experience offered by browsers for computers.
Here’s a bit of good news for those of you who are yearning for a better browsing experience on their Android phones – Mozilla has just released the alpha version of mobile browser. Dubbed Fennec Alpha, the mobile browser can be used on Nokia N9000 mobile phones as well. The exciting thing about Fennec is that it is based on the same technology that is used for the Firefox we all know and love.
By the way, this mobile browser is not the first version. In April, Fennec prealpha was released. Early reviewers had a lot to say about that version – many of them negative. The Fennec Alpha, however, is set to offer enhanced performance and is supposed to be more responsive to user needs. More specifically, the newer version includes Firefox Sync capabilities, making browsing more convenient for users. Android users will also be happy to know that the Fennec Alpha supports browser add-ons – one of the main reasons that Firefox is such a joy to use.
You may download the mobile browser from Mozilla’s web site, but if I were you, do not expect too much. The software is intended for testing purposes and not for regular use.
Bit of trivia: Fennec comes from the Arabic word for fox. 😉