The InAppBrowser is a more recent edition to the Cordova API. It allows a web application to load content into a separate window. Originally created as independent Cordova plugins called ChildBrowser for Android and iOS, it was added to the Cordova project as InAppBrowser then expanded to support other mobile device platforms.

Say for example that you want to show your application users additional web content. You could easily load additional content within your application’s main page and manage transitions to and from the content within your application but sometimes you want a different experience for your users and the You can also load the content in the system browser, but on iOS for example, the user would have to perform manual steps to navigate back to your application after looking at the content in the browser. InAppBrowser loads web content in such a way that your application users, in most cases, can easily return directly to the main application.