Proxy mobile browsers are browsers designed for mobile devices, but with the internet traffic routed through proxy servers, usually for the purpose of data compression. Popular examples include Opera Mini and UCWeb. Other mobile proxy browsers include: Nokia’s Xpress browser, Amazon’s silk browser, and Skyfire. BlackBerry’s browser is not a proxy browser, but the whole device has its internet data routed through RIM’s proxy servers anyway and so the issues involved here are valid.
A proxy browser requests web pages through the maker’s servers, which processes and compresses them before sending them to the mobile phone, speeding up transfer and dramatically reducing the amount of data transferred. This makes for lower web browsing expenses. The pre-processing often also increases compatibility with web pages not designed for mobile phones.
– Speed. users get much faster internet browsing
– Cost reductions. Because data is compressed, users spend less on web browsing
– Improvement of compatibility of web pages not designed for small screens. Huge, large and complex webpages designed for desktop PCs are stripped down, making it easier to be displayed on small screens
– Security. The big con of proxy browsers is the issue of security. Proxy browsers often route secure Web page requests through the proxy servers, though some do not. As a rule, if security is a big issue for you during web browsing, stay away from proxy browsers.
As always, I seek to educate and enlighten and so have presented both sides to proxy servers. This article does not seek to condemn or promote. Just be aware, so that you can make informed and intelligent choices. Happy web browsing!
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.