Information Technology

Gartner Glossary

Mobile Browsers

The mobile browser is an on-device, client-side application that is resident on a mobile device. It provides access to content and applications from the Internet and, increasingly, in the cloud. Desktop and mobile browsers share many functions; however, increasingly, there are also differences, including the size of the screen, the power of the device (both processor and memory footprint), the speed of the network and the resources on the device. The browser for a mobile device has been considered a lower-functioning device than the browsers found on the desktop; as HTML5 and webkit-capable browsers find their way onto mobile devices, this is positioned to shift.

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