Webkit has become popular as a rendering engine for mobile web browsers. At last count, available Webkit-based browsers include:
- Nokia’s S60 Web
- Apple’s Safari
- Samsung’s Dolfin
- Iris (no longer in development; developers were purchased by RIM)
***Since the acquisition of TorchMobile, developers of Iris, RIM has been working on a Webkit-based browser for BlackBerry devices.
While it looks like Webkit is taking over the mobile space, someone has taken time to run some tests to compare the capabilities of the different Webkit-based browsers in circulation. The results are amazing.
In brief, almost no two Webkit-based browsers are the same in terms of capabilities and performance. According to the test results:
- Nokia’s S60v3 browser is the worst
- Apple’s Safari 4 is the best
Some of the other popular browsers available in circulation include:
- Opera Mobile
- Java-based e.g. Opera mini,
- Mozilla-based browsers e.g. Firefox for mobile, MicroB
- Internet Explorer Mobile
If you are interested in all the technicalities, be sure to read There is no WebKit on Mobile.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.