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16 Mobile Apps That Could Replace Your Phone’s Browser


While your iPhone or Android device comes with a built-in web browser, the increasing number of apps available marketplace basically negates the need to use it. Nowadays, you can download an app for almost anything you can imagine and connect directly to your favorite website or program.

With thousands of apps available for mobile device customization – is the web browser still relevant?

iPhone Apps

There are two things I like about using apps for content delivery:

  1. Using an app, you’ll get quality content optimized for your specific device without having to worry about whether a mobile version of the website you want to visit exists.
  2. Apps make me Google Agnostic, meaning that I am not dependent on having to go to Google News or search through queries in my teeny tiny browser when the information that I want is right there for me in a customizable app. How’s that for user experience?

Think for a moment about how life would be without using a web browser or the need to hop from site to site. Got it? Good. If you’re willing to take the browserless plunge or just increase overall information productivity on your phone; check these apps out.

Sports, News, and Weather

When you need sports, news, and weather information, turn to these apps:

  • ESPN: With ESPN ScoreCenter and WatchESPN apps available for the iPhone and Android devices, you’ll not only be up to date with the latest scores, but you’ll be able to watch games live directly from your mobile device. ScoreCenter is also available for Blackberry and Windows phones.

  • Bleacher Report Team Stream: HELLO! ESPN is fantastic but Bleacher Report’s Team Stream app takes keeping up on sports news to a brand new level as it lets you customize your own team news mashup based on Bleacher Report posts, local team blogs, Tweets and National News. Make sure to turn your notifications on with this app as Team Stream will keep you on top of the world of fantasy sports as well.
  • News Republic: Get the latest news, personalized to what you want to see with this app available for Android, Google TV, iPhone, iPad, and Windows phones.

  • ABC News Connect: Get access to the latest news stories from ABC News, wherever you are. Available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android powered devices, you’ll never miss a headline again.

  • Weather Channel: Find out the latest weather conditions where you are, get forecast information, or check out the weather during your vacation with the Weather Channel. This app is available for: Android, Kindle Fire iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Windows phones


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Social Media and Meeting New People

Feeling a little chatty? Mobile apps are available for all your favorite social media networks of course and if you watched TechCrunch Disrupt the other week, you probably noticed that most of the discussion was around mobile apps for Facebook & Yahoo! (although I’m not really sure who to connect with on Yahoo!).

  • Facebook: Get access to the same social network you know and love on your mobile device. This app is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod® Touch, Android, Blackberry, and Windows phones. Don’t forget Facebook Messenger and Page Manager apps for chatting with friends and keeping your fan pages up to date.

  • Twitter: Tweet your heart out with mobile versions of this microblogging service, available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows phones, and the Nokia s40.

  • Google+: Connect with your Google friends (if you use G+) with the mobile app for Android and iOS® devices.

  • On.com: Find new people in your neighborhood or on the other side of the world, with this app available on iPhone and Android devices.

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Shopping and Entertainment

Need some retail therapy or dying to catch up on your favorite shows? These apps come to the rescue.

  • Amazon: Shop for anything you need, complete with a barcode scanner to help you compare in-store prices with this app available for iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini, Android phones and tablets, and Windows phones.

  • RedLaser: Compare prices online and in the store, order online and pick up in store, scan labels, find allergen information and more with this app for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones.

  • Netflix: Stream movies and past episodes of Breaking Bad (and other TV shows) with this app available for Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nook®.

  • Internet Movie Database (IMDB): Get celeb news and find out guest starred in your favorite show with this app available for Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, and Kindle Fire.

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Work and Productivity

Need access to files while you’re on-the-go? These apps will get the job done.

  • Google Drive: Create, edit, share and store files “in the cloud” with the mobile app for Android and iOS powered devices.

  • Dropbox: Access files stored in the cloud from your computer, smartphone or mobile device. This app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Kindle Fire.

  • Evernote: Without Evernote I probably would have forgotten to publish this blog post. Evernote is perfect for tasking, taking memos and making use of  jotted information while on the go.

No matter what you need to get done with your smartphone, you no longer have to rely on your mobile web browser to make it happen. As time goes on and technology continues to grow, you may not have to rely on your computer’s web browser to accomplish online tasks.

What are some of your favorite apps?

Loren Baker is the founder of Search Engine Journal and is an Advisor to ON.com


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