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The best mobile Internet software -- after your browser

The Internet offers more than you see in a Web browser window. An assortment of mobile apps and services can connect to blogging and social sites, online storage and backup, and search and downloading utilities.


Mobile Internet software FAQs

  • How do I manage my blog from my phone?
    If you use Tumblr ( Android and iOS), WordPress (Android and iOS), or another popular blogging service, you can manage your site from your phone. Look for a blogging app that lets you write, edit, and publish posts; upload media; and manage comments. Some also let you check your site stats.
  • Can I check my social networks?
    Join the social movement with an app that lets you share photos, video, and messages among friends. Apps like Twitter ( Android and iOS) and Facebook (Android and iOS) share contacts between desktop and mobile editions and stay in sync, so you can hop between devices and stay up to date.
  • What about download utilities?
    Download utilities can help you download files from audio and video sites to your mobile device. While some files are offered as legal downloads -- podcast episodes, for example, or select music tracks on SoundCloud -- downloading other music and video files may violate the terms of service or copyright of the content creator. Distributing downloaded files may also infringe on the rights of the copyright holder. And some download utilities may also install adware or malware, so know what you're getting into before using.
  • What about online storage and backup?
    Apple through iCloud and Google through Drive offer limited automatic backup and storage for your phones. You can, however, find dedicated backup services, from Dropbox, which lets you store and share files in the cloud, to Prime Photos, which offers unlimited photo storage.
  • Can I pick my own search tools?
    To be honest, with Siri on iOS and Google search on Android phones, you need a good reason to seek out a dedicated search app. But if you prefer Bing over Google search, for example, or want a dedicated Amazon or eBay search app, you can find one. And if privacy is a big concern, use a search services like DuckDuckGo, which promises not to collect or share your personal information.

Best mobile Internet software

Facebook

Facebook

It lacks Messenger, but otherwise, everything you like about Facebook you can do on your phone.

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter's mobile client is nearly perfect.

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for Download.com. He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.