The Web application is a web browser that provides access to web sites and services. It can also be used to create standalone web applications that can be run independently of the standard browser user interface.
Locate the icon shown above in the app drawer and press it to launch the application.
When you start Web for the first time, you will be shown a start page with a welcome message. This is where your most-visited sites will be shown as shortcuts.
The browser behaves like one on a larger device, except that you can scroll pages by swiping them in the desired direction.
When browsing a web page, the top part of the screen contains the address bar and application menu.
The address bar also contains a star which is used to bookmark a page.
At the bottom of the screen, the toolbar contains buttons that control navigation.
The first two are back and forward buttons that show the previous and next pages in the browsing history.
If you have bookmarks, you can select one of them to open the page it refers to.
You can also filter the bookmarks by any tags that have been assigned to them.
Press the button again to close the list.
If you want to mark a page for future reference, press the star in the address bar to open the Bookmark dialog. This automatically adds a bookmark for the page.
You can customize the page information and press outside the dialog to keep the bookmark, or you can remove it immediately by pressing the Remove Bookmark button.
If you are viewing a bookmarked page, you can press the star to open the Bookmark dialog again if you want to update the bookmark details.
Editing and Removing Bookmarks¶
To edit a bookmark for a page, open the list of bookmarks and press the symbol to the right of the bookmark.
This will open the Bookmark Properties page where you can edit the details for the bookmark.
When you have finished editing it, you can simply press the back button at the top-left of the screen.
If you want to remove it, press the Remove button instead.
Tabs allow you to view more than one page at a time. To begin with, you are using only a single tab. The number shown in the tab button at the bottom-right of the screen shows how many tabs are open.
Press the numbered button to open the Tabs page, containing a list of open tabs.
Select a tab to view its contents. This is how you switch between multiple open pages.
If you want to return to the current tab and its contents, press the back button at the top-left of the screen.
Opening and Closing Tabs¶
The number of tabs shown in the tab button will have increased. If you open the list of tabs again, the new tab will be included in the list.
When you close the last tab in the last open window, Web will exit.
When you start browing, the browsing history will be empty. Sites that you visit will be added to the list.
Press the back button to return to the current page.
Searching for Sites¶
You can search for specific sites by pressing the search button at the top-right of the screen. This lets you filter the list and find sites with titles that contain certain words.
Press the search button again to close the search bar.
Deleting Sites from the History¶
Once in selection mode, you can select items for deletion. Selected items will show a ticked box next to them, and you can press the Delete button at the bottom of the screen to delete them. Press Cancel if you want to leave selection mode.
The search button in selection mode can be used to filter the selection before you start choosing items.
To discard all items in the history, press the red Clear All button at the bottom-left of the screen.
Press the Clear button if you really want to discard your browsing history – this operation cannot be undone. Press Cancel if you decide to keep the history.
You can open an incognito window to enter private browsing mode. To do this, open the application menu and select New Incognito Window.
This browsing mode is useful when you want to visit sites without recording them in your browsing history.
Web can turn web sites into standalone web applications. These are shortcuts that open a simple browser interface to sites that are designed to work as mobile applications. These are often sites that provide information, such as a weather service.
Installing a Web Application¶
To turn a site into a web application, you first need to open the site in Web. Then open the application menu and select Install Site as Web Application…
The Create Web Application dialog will open, letting you customize the title that will appear in the app drawer. Press Create to create the standalone application, or Cancel if you have changed your mind.
The created application will appear in the app drawer and can be launched like a standard application.
When launched, the application behaves like a normal web browser, but the user interface is simpler to use.
You can now customize the site in the web application to show the information you are interested in. Cookies and site settings for the application are kept separate from those used by your normal Web sessions.
Managing Web Applications¶
Web sites that are installed as web applications appear as launcher icons in the phone’s app drawer. These applications are not managed like normal applications. Instead, they are managed by Web itself, using its application manager.
Open the application menu and select Open Application Manager. By default, no applications are installed.
If web applications have been installed, they will appear in a list.
If you want to uninstall a web application and remove its icon from the app drawer, press the Delete button next to its name in the list of applications. If you want to reinstall it, you will need to visit the relevant site and following the installation process again.
The browser can be customized via the Preferences dialog which can be opened from the application’s main menu. The General tab contains preferences that are relevant to the general browsing experience.
The Privacy, Appearance and Sync tabs contain preferences that are specific to these areas.
When you have finished updating your preferences, press the back button at the top-left of the screen to return to the current page.