Surf the Web with Android Honeycomb!

June 26, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Android Honeycomb tablets are becoming more and more popular, and with the prospect of laptops running the operating system on the horizon it is clear that Google’s tablet OS isn’t going away anytime soon. After all, it’s easy to use, responsive and is delivering the most complete tablet experience, arguably edging the iOS interface in terms of speed and reach.

While there might be some performance differences between the different tablets that are running Honeycomb (such as Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1) there is one area in which the experience is pretty much uniform across all suitably equipped devices: browsing the web.

Surf the Web with Android Honeycomb!

After all, tablets are primarily designed to enable you to get online and see the web, something that is made more personal and immediate by the lightweight, portable nature of such devices. Android Honeycomb features a compact version of the Chrome browser which has been tailored for use on a tablet device.

Browsing the Web on Honeycomb

The blue “world” icon will launch the browser when tapped, and from here you will see a selection of familiar options; some are arranged in a similar manner to the desktop Chrome browser, but all of them are familiar.

For instance, in the upper right corner you will find the Back and Forward buttons, and moving towards the right you will also spot the Refresh button, the Address bar, the Search button and the Bookmarks button. Across the top of the window, the page tabs will be displayed; a new tab can be added by tapping the + symbol while the current tab can be closed by tapping X. New tabs will by default display the quick dial screen as displayed above.

In the upper right corner you will find a menu offering some interesting features such as a Find on page tool, for finding a specific phrase, adding a New incognito tab for private browsing, and Settings.

Settings and Private Browsing on Honeycomb

The Settings menu will in the first instance (on the General tab) allow you to Set homepage to always visit your preferred location when opening a new tab or launching the browser, as well as choose whether or not to use Form AutoFill – this can save time but if your tablet is stolen your personal data could be revealed.

On the Privacy & Security tab, Remember form data can be disabled, and other cache data and your browser history can also be cleared. The Advanced tab controls how your browser displays webpages, with Text size, Default zoom and other settings available for you to adjust.

Finally, there is the Labs tool; this is an option to make the browser full screen, removing all of the buttons in favour of a wheel-based menu revealed by swiping your thumb from left-to right; however this isn’t ideal for everyone, which is why it is disabled by default.

That’s all you need to know about the Honeycomb browser – now stop reading and start surfing!

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