A report by ABI Research states that web browsing on smartphones will grow to 1.5 billion units by 2013.
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“The focus today for mobile browser developers is to take advantage of the latest web standards while also developing solutions tailored towards the unique experience of using a browser on a mobile phone,” says research director Michael Wolf.
However, ABI also notes that despite the best efforts of browser vendors and handset manufacturers, “web usage on mobile devices has a significant distance to go in closing the gap with PC-based browsers. The absence of important plug-ins such as Flash on many handsets and the constraints of many phones compared to the PC mean that even OIB browser vendors continue to see a need for server-assisted architectures for transcoding and web acceleration”.