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Cosmos Browser - Indie app of the day

Today's indie app of the day is Cosmos Browser. This app lets you surf the web using text messages instead of data. Check it out!
September 30, 2014
cosmos browser review

What is Cosmos Browser

Cosmos Browser has been getting a lot of press lately for its unique features. Perhaps the most unique of which is the ability to surf the web using SMS technology instead of using data. This can be helpful in a number of circumstances. Especially for people who are in places with very spotty or unreliable data. How well does it work? Let’s find out.

The UI of Cosmos Browser is pretty bare bones. It consists of an address bar and a window. That’s pretty much everything. That means there are no extra browser features like bookmarks, tabs, etc. It’s just you, a window, and an address bar.

When you open the browser, it prompts you to enter a valid URL. Once you do the process begins. Cosmos works by sending and receiving texts to your device. The data contained in the texts is then supposed to be translated in the app to create the page you searched for. It takes a long time and you’ll likely receive a bunch of text messages. We’re not sure if receiving all those texts is what is supposed to happen but it does happen. Once the loading process is complete, you’ll have a minimalist version of the site you wanted without any graphics or fancy things.

It is worth noting that this has been released in beta. That means there are bugs. During our testing, we couldn’t get larger sites like Android Authority or Wikipedia to load but much smaller sites like worked perfectly fine. There is also a regional restriction so it is not yet available to everyone in the world.

cosmos browser review
Overall, this is an interesting concept. It is much slower than your typical web browsing but if you live in an area with a stable internet connection then this app isn’t for you anyway. For now, it’s still little more than a proof of concept but if you do live in a data-choked area it can’t hurt to have it installed. It is free and we’re predicting that performance will improve as further updates are pushed out.