As the use of the internet has grown and become an everyday phenomenon for many individuals and businesses, the need for web browsing directly from PDAs, and now, primarily from cell phones, has become all that much more real. At one point, a PDA would’ve been nothing more than a calendar, and possibly a listing of contacts so that you could find, read and then plug the information into a cell phone or use it in some other ways.
Smart Phones and PDAs however have grown far more advanced, and though they are also much faster and capable of storing far more data than they previously could – a smart phone can hardly match up against the typical laptop or desktop computer owned by the average computer user. The limitations aren’t just limited to what’s in the case; even screen size is an obvious issue. Browser developers couldn’t simply have people downloading the same browsers onto their phones which are used on Personal Computers with all the aforementioned issues in regards to processor power and resolution.
The solution was simple though: browser developers that had already been working on desktop browsers could strip down their products of several aspects of their functionality and port them to smart phone and PDA. Likewise, other companies that wanted to get in the game began the push towards mobile browsing in the late nineties with their own start up browsers (prior to established browsers being ported to these devices). Popular mobile browsers often used on commercial handsets today include Internet Explorer Mobile, Opera Mini, the Playstation Portable Web Browser, Firefox for Mobile, Safar, Android Browser and many others as this particular market hasn’t been quashed of too much competition yet.
The changes made weren’t just on the web browser end; even web designers have created web portals designed particularly for mobile devices to access their web sites. These portals can obviously be accessed either by an actual web browser on a typical computer or a mobile device, but they are particularly stripped for use with mobile devices and appear rather awkward when used through the typical internet browser. With this two pronged solution towards dealing with browsing the internet on a mobile device, the issue is all but solved, with the exception of some functionality qualms which we will see improve over the course of time.