People spend over 60% of their digital time on mobiles as per a recent record from comScore. The fact opens a vast avenues for device manufactures, and mobile apps developers alike. Consequently, today, there is a battle to monetize the trend. Apart from Microsoft that revitalized the legacy Internet Explorer to woo the Windows Phone users, there is a long queue of third-party developers looking ways to milk the cow. It’s important to note here that Windows Phone shipments grew slightly in the second quarter of 2014 as per IDC as compared with the first one. It shipped globally around 7.4 million devices in the period. However, contrasting the data with 2013 Q2, there is nothing to celebrate for the brand.
Let’s come out of the number game and explore best browsers for Windows phone platform.
UC Browser – 79%
Equipped with desktop productivity features like desktop mode, multi-tab management and more, the browser has been recommended by thousands of its happy users. It holds an intuitive user-interface, but that doesn’t put it in the bloatware category. Users can customize the themes and utilize them as lockscreen wallpapers as well. Favorite websites can be accessed instantly using the Speed Dial feature.
Internet Explorer – 8%
Though offered as a default Windows Phone browser built with advanced multi-tab browsing feature, favourites, InPrivate Browsing, and more, it’s struggling against counterparts from other brands.
Nokia Xpress – 7%
Nokia Xpress browser makes use of advanced cloud-based technology to offer unmatched browsing experience to users. Interestingly, a Microsoft server bridges the client and server devices, means a request sent by a user for a webpage is routed through a Microsoft Mobile server, which in turn collects required information from the destination IP server and transmits it back to the client’s device. Microsoft mobile server optimizes it for the Windows Phone by compressing the data.
SurfCube 3D Browser – 3%
The browser bears full HTML5 compatibility and is equipped with Desktop Mode, Private mode, Bandwidth saver mode and a lots more. Users can easily share a webpage via email, Twitter, Facebook, Windows Live and LinkedIn and can view webpages in landscape and portrait orientation view.
Date: September 3, 2014