The use of mobile internet browsers included with cell phones are becoming quite popular, especially with the latest news about the upcoming launch of Apple’s iPhone 4G. As more people catch on to the idea of utilizing their cellular data plans for mobile browsing, the advent of reading the news, or accessing other media over a cell phone is “all the rage” in the technology and other web-related approaches, including the adaptation of mobile browsing techniques and applications in Web design.
In just a few years, the popularity of mobile browsing became so popular that every technology-based company wanted a piece of the pie. It started in 2006, with cell phones that were capable of handling the mobile internet browser applications, and those were usually limited version of their full-featured web browser parents. They were developed to be small enough to handle the capability of the cell phones at the time. With the advent of new cellular technology, such as with the release of Apple’s iPhone, the arena of mobile browsers changed into a completely new world of opportunity.
With the increasing attention towards the use of mobile internet browsers on cell phones, the term wireless portal was coined to define the movement of mobile browsing. This portal is used as the landing page of mobile browser users.
You might remember the PDA of the early 2000s–now a mere dinosaur of the past, but it was also the first platform for straightforward non-cell phone focused mobile web browsing. The codenamed Apple product, the Apple Newton, was the first to use such mobile web browsing technology, it was released in August of 1996.
As time staggered on, so did the innovations of mobile web browsing. Now we have cellular devices capable of offering full-featured mobile web internet browsers, which are able to handle HTML, CSS, scripting, and other web API formats. Popular mobile web browsers include the Android browser, Firefox for mobile, Internet Explorer mobile, Safari Mobile Browser, Opera Mobile, and other mobile browsers commonly found on gaming consoles like the PlayStation 3. It’s clear that the web has switched over to individuals becoming more invested in what they find on the web, and more involved in the technology behind it.
Social media applications such as Twitter and Facebook for mobile phones have been the main motivators for people to start using their cell phones as mobile web devices. Over just a one-year period, from 2009 to 2010, the number of people who used their cell phones to access web-related services for Twitter, Facebook and mobile browsing tripled in numbers.