ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Web browsers for Android

Updated on December 6, 2011
Browsers don't have to be boring portals to the web.
Browsers don't have to be boring portals to the web.

In a world so connected with the internet, there is no need to be relegated to the boring browsers that are built into your device. Foxes, dolphins, and operas bring forward a more user friendly and even futuristic browsing experience.


Firefox

Firefox, the popular PC browser, has brought it's game to the small screen. Firefox is popping up on phones and tablets everywhere, bringing with it the novel idea of linking portable devices to home desktops. Doing so gives users a smooth transition between their home computers and lets them take their work on the go. Beyond this great idea, Firefox loses most of the spark kindled by the PC browser.

Add-ons are available, but when I tried to search for them none would show. It was kind of slow, occasionally freezing and not accepting link clicks. Firefox uses a lot of the device's resources making multitasking difficult. There is no exit button to completely exit the program, so users either need to hit the back button multiple times to back out or hit the home key and leave Firefox running in the background. Flashplayer is not included, making embedded videos unavailable.

Dolphin

While Dolphin isn't the fastest browser, it has some of the most interesting added features.

Starting with the home screen, speed dials present bookmarks for quick access to favorite websites, and a "webzine" tab offers quick access to rss feeds.

The features don't end there! Users can simply draw gestures for quick and intuitive commands such as back, close tab, and website bookmarks. Extra tool bars are hidden on the sides of the screen. Slide to the left for add-ons such as Google Services, a translator, a password keeper, and games. Not all add-ons are available for every device. Slide right to view a bookmark tool bar.

When launching a video from the website m.youtube.com, the screen automatically switches to landscape mode and the video goes to full-screen.

On exiting, the browser automatically offers to clear web history and cookies.

Opera

While it may not have as many bells and whistles as Dolphin, Opera ranked the best for speed. Opera compresses websites to reduce data usage and render pages faster. The reduced data usage helps with consumers on budgets and limited data plans.

Opera starts with a customizable list of shortcuts organized neatly with screen-shots or icons laid out in a visually appealing grid.

A menu option lets users control the font size without having to pinch and zoom. Users can also save pages for later review. This comes in handy if you want to read an article or view a webpage at a later time when data access might not be available.

Opera does not support flash so timers and other embedded media might not work. There is no exit button to easily leave the app. There are also complaints about inability to download large files.

In summary

Overall, Opera was a faster browser and worked well, and Dolphin had some of the most interesting features. They also ranked the highest in the Android Market. While each user's web usage needs are different, I highly recommend both of these browsers.

Firefox was a little plain and did not have any benefits for speed or data usage, and while there are some cool things that the developers of Firefox have come up with, I think they need to go back to the drawing board and bring back a product that better fits the reputation that they have built with their PC browser.

Happy browsing!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)