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How many different Web browsers are there for Android tablets?


Bigger Screens and Better Browsers
Keep in mind that not all browsers work with each and every Android tablet. To run the newest browsers, you may also need a tablet with the latest Android operating system.
Keep in mind that not all browsers work with each and every Android tablet. To run the newest browsers, you may also need a tablet with the latest Android operating system.
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When it comes to Web surfing, size matters. Tablets have big, beautiful screens that display online content better than any teensy smartphone screen. That extra real estate can be even more useful when a browser is designed to work with that added space.

Although sometimes it gets written off as too bland, note that Android's default browser, WebKit, isn't a generic or stripped-down app. It's made to work great with both smartphones and tablets. It also happens to be one of the most frequently activated apps on the Android platform.

But because the Android environment is one of choice, plenty of third-party developers throw their hat in the ring, too, hoping to grab your attention with flashier or more functional features. Before you start installing new apps like crazy, understand that not all browsers work with every Android tablet. In some cases, your tablet must have the latest and greatest version of Android installed in order to run the snazziest browsers.

Some of the most popular and widespread browsers include Firefox and SkyFire. And there are others that specifically tout their tablet-ready features, such as Chrome, OverSkreen, Dolphin for iPad, Opera and Maxthon.

Dolphin, for instance, supports gesture-based navigation. Want to instantly access your Gmail account? Just use your finger to write the letter G and Dolphin immediately loads your inbox. OverSkreen lets you resize and minimize its window size, which is a unique capability in mobile browsers. Opera has a reputation for extremely fast launching and page-loading speeds.

The Web-browsing experience, though, tends to be a subjective one. What one person prefers in a browser might exasperate her friend. So your best bet is to try a few browsers until you find one that's intuitive, easy-to-use and fast enough for your preferences.

And if you can't find the perfect match today, don't fret. Because browsers are the most-used app on tablets, you can bet that new and improved versions will be introduced every month for a long time to come.


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