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What Is a Mobile Browser?

A tablet might use a mobile browser.
Mobile browsers are designed to access the Internet on mobile devices, including tablets and cell phones.
Most smartphones employ a mobile browser that allows users to surf the Web and make purchases on their phone.
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  • Written By: Tess C. Taylor
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  • Last Modified Date: 16 August 2014
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A mobile browser, also known as a wireless Internet browser (WIB), a mini browser or micro browser, is an application which allows the user to access the Internet wirelessly from a mobile device, such as a cellular phone or personal data assistant (PDA). A mobile browser is designed specifically to operate on a mobile device in modified fashion from that of a full-scale web browser found on most personal computers. In addition, the mini browser is programmed to operate more efficiently on a limited memory capacity, which is a characteristic of many mobile devices.

The mobile browser was created for use on mobile devices due to the rapid increase in the use of mobile phones and personal data assistants by consumers worldwide. Wireless technology and mobile web browsing has made it possible for many more consumers to access information and resources like never before in history. In addition, micro browsers allow people to communicate and connect on many more levels, from email to live web conferencing and social media networks enabled by wireless networks around the globe.

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Mobile browsers are specially designed to display content in a smaller, more efficient framework, but with similar characteristics as their full-sized counterparts. While there are mobile devices of every size, shape and speed, a mobile browser can easily adapt to each unit, making content easy to view and interact with. Micro browsers display relevant information including graphics, text, videos and live links in a way that makes it easy for the mobile device user to tap into the power of the Internet for daily use and on the go.

The underlying technology that went into the mobile browser initially had to take into consideration the limited micro-processing speed that most mobile devices had, so they were somewhat limited and slow in operation. However, as early as 2006, micro browsers were developed using the same technology as full-sized Internet browsers like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Firefox and Mozilla, which operate on more powerful mobile devices. The micro browsers of today mimic the actions of browsers and allow for seamless interaction between mobile device users and personal computer users.

Due to the advent of smart phones like the Apple iPhone and Motorola’s Blackberry, mobile browsers continue to evolve to make the mobile browsing experience more positive for consumers. People now have the opportunity to work remotely, carry on financial and business transactions and conduct all matter of personal and professional business right from their mobile devices. In addition, mobile browsers have opened up a new era of communication and entertainment with the advent of social media networks, Internet video, music and television channels.

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