Author Archive: Vygantas
Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.
January, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox – Down
It’s the first report of 2015 so let’s get things going.
Starting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browsers starts 2015 with a decreased market share, down from 59.11% to 58.18% (0.93 point decrease).
Yahoo! is to blame.
If you are wondering about the lasting effects in the search industry then here’s an update for you. Last month, we have reported that Yahoo! has managed to triple its worldwide market share (from 3.52% to 9.31%).
Now, it looks like the Mozilla’s deal is bringing even more dividends as for the first time since 2008, Google’s market share has gone below the 75% mark while Yahoo! saw an increase.
Brings few new features.
In case you’re rocking the old iPhone or iPod and prefer Opera Mini over regular Opera for handhelds then here is a small update for you, which will make your browsing experience easier.
Among stability and performance improvements there are two new features:
- First is an ability to open a new tab by sliding the tab button up with your finger,
- Second is the refined search bar, which will now keep the keyword in case you want to refine the search
Yesterday, we have reported that Opera Mini (Beta) has been unpublished from the Windows Phone store with no official comment from either Opera Software or Microsoft.
Later that day the former issued the tweet, stating that the app was accidentally removed due to some sort of bug in the store itself.
In an interesting trend where quite a few apps have been unpublished from the Windows Phone store, it looks like Opera Mini is next. According to the latest report, the app is no longer available and no one knows why.
Opera Mini for Windows Phone was last updated back in December with an average rating of 2.5 stars, if you try to visit the download link it informs that “This app is no longer published”.
Another nail to the coffin.
For many, Facebook and YouTube are two of the biggest reasons why Flash is still a necessity (unless you use Chrome, which has it installed already).
Now, it looks like the social network will be the only one left as Google has finally made a much needed decision: ditch Flash. Yes, it means that from now on, YouTube will default to HTML5 player instead.
After announcing Android Lollipop (5.0) and a new design language called Material Design, Google has finally released Chrome for Ios, which too got the new UI treatment.
Despite the fact that Chrome has already been optimized for iPhone 6 and its giant brother, the new release now fully supports Apple’s Handoff feature, allowing you to switch between Mac OS X and iOS.
Unfortunately, Google is yet to use (if ever) Apple’s Nitro engine, which Apple opened up to the third party developers last year.
Good news for people that are skeptical about the rumors that Microsoft upcoming web browser will support extensions.
Thanks to the recent confirmation by the software giant itself via Twitter (“we’re working on a plan for extensions for a future update to Project Spartan”), we can now say for sure that Spartan will indeed support everyone’s beloved add-ons.
Thanks to a tipster who was surveyd by the Microsoft itself regarding the name of a new web browser, WPC learned that the software giant is considering the following names for Spartan:
During yesterday‘s (and today‘s) presentation, Microsoft has finally oficially revealed Project Spartan, it‘s newest web browser aimed for all kinds of machines running Windows 10 as it supports: touch, keyboard & mouse, gestures, voice, even controllers and sensors.
So how does it look like? Like Chrome or pretty much any other Webkit based web browser. In addition to that, it looks like Microsoft has also decided to move the URL bar to the top on the mobile devices (IE Mobile has address bar placed in the bottom), which makes us wonder why, as it now requires much more finger effort to access it, especially on larger screen devices.