Using the internet on a smartphone has come one leaps and bounds in recent times, and with the Ice Cream Sandwich update being rolled out to numerous Android phones, the experience of visiting websites and media content is better than ever. Browsers are increasingly becoming faster, and the rendering and buffering of media images is quicker than it has ever been. With the size of smartphones also increasing, viewing media and reading text has become a lot easier, making mobile browsing an extremely enjoyable experience.
The stock browser that comes as standard in Android devices has all the basic functions that you’d expect from any browser you use, and will be the chosen browser for this tutorial. There are plenty of other alternatives, however, and users can expect to find around six or seven world class browsers available to download from Google Play. Browsers such as Opera Mini and Dolphin Browser HD offer a browsing experience similar to what you’d expect from a desktop computer, but on your Android device. With an Ice Cream Sandwich enabled device, users could also try out Google Chrome; a well-established browser that is exclusive to Android 4.0 users and can be synced between multiple devices and platforms.
In this tutorial we will show you how to get started with the internet on your Android device. We’ll show you how to first find the browser on your phone, open up a website and then how access your browser’s settings.
Open app drawer
From your home screen, open the app drawer located in the row of icons. This will now take you to your list of apps from which you need to select the Browser app.
Browser home screen
The Google home screen will load when you open the browser. For the purpose of this tutorial press on the toolbar on the top of the browser.
Type an address
As you start typing a web address, Google will offer suggestions for you to access. Press on the magnifying glass symbol once you’ve finished typing.
When the site has finished loading, you can freely look around on it. Double tap on your screen to zoom in and out of any text you find hard to read.
Change your settings
Press the option button on the top right of the browser and select the Settings option from the drop-down menu. From here you can change your preferences and display options.
Switch between pages
Next to the option button is the tab button which, when pressed, allows you to switch between different pages you’ve opened in the browser.