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Microbrowser definition

Microbrowser refers to a web browser designed specifically for use on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It's optimized to display web content on smaller screens and typically offers fewer features than its desktop counterparts. Microbrowsers, also known as mini browsers or mobile browsers, are built to handle the constraints of mobile devices like space, less processing power, and slower internet connections.

See also: accelerated mobile pages

Key microbrowser components:

  • Responsive design rendering. Web pages adjust automatically based on the device's screen size to offer the best viewing experience.
  • Touch interface. While traditional browsers are designed for mouse and keyboard interaction, microbrowsers are optimized for touch. For example, they may have intuitive gestures like pinch-to-zoom, swipe to navigate, and long-press for additional options.
  • Data saving features. Smartphone and tablet users are often more concerned about data limitations. As a result, some microbrowsers offer features that compress web pages to save data and speed up loading times.
  • Offline browsing. As the name suggests, offline browsing allows users to revisit pages they previously visited. Microbrowsers cache these pages, so if a user is in an area with a bad connection or simply wants to save data, they can browse without an internet connection.
  • Integrated tools. Now, microbrowsers come with additional mobile optimization features. For example, a dark mode, voice search, and a built-in QR code reader.