According to a new study from ABI Research, in 2015, 3.8 billion mobile handsets – slightly more than 60% of the installed base of mobile handsets worldwide – will contain mobile web browsers, which is double the current penetration rate.
Senior analyst Mark Beccue has claimed “Mobile browsers are evolving along two paths”:
On one hand, highly sophisticated browsers, namely full Internet browsers, will be found in all smartphones and a growing number of enhanced (or feature) phones. Such devices can host these browsers because they have advanced application processors, expanded memory capacity and adequate screen size and resolution.
These full Internet browsers typically require about 64 Mb of memory to run. A real key to the growth of full Internet browsers in higher-end feature phones is the falling cost of sophisticated applications processors.
But there is also a second path.
Parallel to this development, a new family of browsers has emerged: the proxy-based (or client-server or compression) browser, which is epitomized by the Opera Mini. These browsers move some caching and processing off the phone to a nearby server, allowing the browser to run on lower-cost processors and requiring as little as 4 Mb of memory. That means these browsers can be used even on the lowest-cost phones.
The research has also indicated that the installed base of full Internet browsers will exceed that of proxy-based browsers sometime in 2012.
Via: Cellular News
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