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Browse the Web in a Whole New Way with PopWeb
Over the years, we have seen various different browsers on Android. They have all offered their unique features that differentiated them from others. Be it the smoothness of Dolphin (back before Chrome for Android), the openness of good ol’ fashioned Firefox, or the blazing speed of Opera’s mobile Web compression (again, before Chrome). They all brought their two cents of originality to the table. It seems that originality is not a dead art, and that there are people out there capable of squeezing a few more drops of coolness out of the tree that seemingly stopped bearing fruit many moons ago. Without further ado, XDA Forum Member popinterfaces brings us something unheard of on mobile devices. Introducing PopWeb browser.
So, what is this PopWeb browser, and why is it so interesting? Well, most internet browsers out there offer tabbed functionality. This allows you to have multiple pages opened at the same time. However, for those people used to PC browsing with multiple monitors, having multiple tabs is sometimes not enough. There is a need for interaction with multiple pages at the same time. That is where this browser comes in. PopWeb allows the user to have all their pages opened at the same time, thus allowing the end user to interact with each and every one of them simultaneously. (
read yell in Billy Mays’ voice) But wait! PopWeb also has another feature that anyone who is into website maintenance/development will absolutely love. The browser works on what the developer labelled “spaces.” This is like a canvas that holds all the windows that are opened together at the same time. Every time a link is opened, a new tab opens and it is placed on the active space. However, this is not all. The new tab actually gets a line to the “mother” page. What this means is that as you navigate, you create somewhat of a flowchart which aides you in backtracking your steps in case you need to. As stated, this is a great tool for people working on website development due to it providing a very visual road map of their site.
The browser is still in early stages (not even hitting version 1.0 yet). However, the dev has shared with us what he has so far and seems to be drastically following up on the proper development by squashing bugs and adding different functionality as time progresses. Please leave your feedback if you can think of any good suggestions–and of course, bug reports are welcome too. You can find more information in the PopWeb application thread.
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