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The Best Mobile Internet Apps -- After Your Browser

​The Internet offers more than you see in a Web browser window.

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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 downloadingmore

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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 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.
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 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

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter's mobile client is nearly perfect. It takes advantage of your phone's touchscreen to put much of the social tool's capabilities just a tap or swipe away. In many ways, a much more practical tool than its browser-based sibling, packing in a ton of features.

Facebook

Facebook

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The mobile version of Facebook lets you follow news from your social network via an easy-to-navigate app. The app fits in phone-only features such as Live but leaves out Messenger, its extremely popular messaging app.

Instagram

Instagram

Take and post a photo and video, and with Instagram Direct, you can send private photos, videos, and messages to friends. After the recipient views your message, like happens in Snapchat, the message disappears.