Many people would agree that they use their mobile and desktop browsers in very different ways. For myself, I primarily use desktop browsing at work. I always have a number of tabs open for things like email, shared spreadsheets, calendars, invoices, etc. I mainly use mobile browsing for things I need on the fly like finding a restaurant, or finding out the name of that actor that was in that movie that kind of looks my waiter. Spoiler alert: They didn’t end up looking very much alike when I looked it up.
However, the one thing I happen to do regularly on both is check news sites and blogs. On my desktop I have a system I like to use which is probably similar to what many others do. I’ll load a site and open every article that looks mildly interesting in a new tab, sometimes opening twenty tabs (stupid clickbait) before starting to go through and read or skim each.
Prior to Stream Web, I never had an easy way to replicate this method of browsing on mobile. However, I now actually have multiple different ways to mimic the ease of desktop browsing on mobile and although I may be a bit biased, I really do think it is a game changer.
To start off, it is extremely easy on Stream Web to open new tabs, switch between them, and close them. Browsing through any site, I simply hold down on a link and tap to open a new tab. Unlike Safari, Stream Web doesn’t switch my screen view to that tab right away which allows me to open as many tabs as I want. Once I’ve opened all my tabs I simply swipe the bottom of the screen to seamlessly switch between them and then I can swipe down from the top of the screen to close a tab. For the first time since getting a smartphone, I have the ability to browse on mobile exactly how I browse on my desktop.
Web overlays on Stream Web offer a different, but equally simple alternative. In this method I hold down on any link and instead of tapping to open a new tab, I tap the overlay button. This brings up a half page overlay on top of the original page allowing me to browse both at once. I can either read the article there, open it in a new tab for later, or swipe down on the overlay to go back to the original page and open the next article. This is useful if you’re indecisive and want to first skim that third article about Kimye before you commit giving it its own dedicated tab.
The bonus tool offered by Stream Web is the Pocket integration. If you don’t know Pocket, it’s an app that allows you to save web articles to read offline later. I’ll use this often if I want to load up on content before going somewhere with no cell service or wifi. Simply holding a link and tapping the Pocket icon adds the article to my Pocket account. I can save dozens of articles in a matter of minutes and then have them ready for that long plane ride that I imagine I’m taking to Hawaii every Sunday night.
The versatility of the tools offered in Stream Web have immensely improved mobile browsing for me. There is a small learning curve to get used to and use the gestures like a pro, but once you get it down you’ll never go back to any other mobile browser. MAZ built this browser to solve everything that was wrong with mobile browsers, and I think it has done that and more. If you haven’t checked it out already, you can download it today.
Justin Canetti is the VP of Operations in New York. You can follow him @JCanetti