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.
June, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, it looks like Apple’s web browser is now in a downtrend as we see another drop, from 48.72% to 46.07% (2.65 points decrease).
If you are not sure which of the two Opera browsers to use on your iOS device (Coast or Mobile) then add a third one to the mix.
Released earlier this month, a new version of Opera Mini offers a complete overhaul in user design and features such as ability to choose compression mode (Opera Turbo, providing with a full web experience while still saving you data, giving you up to 50% more sites to browse while classical Opera Mini mode offers up to 90% data savings).
Yes, it’s really here.
After a rather long wait, the Norwegian browser maker has finally delivered the very first Opera Developer Preview build for all you Linux users out there.
So if you’ve been delaying the upgrade because of no Linux version today is your lucky day. It should be noted though that there is one known issue: you may experience a startup crash if Google Chrome, Chromium, or derivatives are set as a default web browser.
Now here’s a pretty unexpected move.
Recently, Opera Software and Microsoft have announced a new partnership where Opera will become the default web browser on the software giant’s latest Android phone family: Nokia X.
“Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.”
The deal is expected to close in Q3 2014.
Today, Opera Software has announced the acquisition of AdColony, the mobile video advertising platform for a total of $75 million and potential earn out payments of up to $275 million so the total transaction value might be as high as $350 million over the next 2 years.
The deal is set to strengthen Opera’s mobile advertising business with a combined audience reach of 700 million consumers.
Dubbed as “Rethink IE program”.
It appears like Microsoft’s marketing efforts got bit too extreme. Thanks to the recently published email by Uncrunched that they have received, we have learned that the software giant’s hired agency is contacting the media, asking them to write about the Internet Explorer.
How is this a bad thing? Well, it’s not about just writing about the IE since journalists are offered “compensations” or even prizes to do so aka “sponsored posts”.
Chasing another market.
Back in January, Mozilla has announced a partnership with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS into the living room. Now, according to the recent report by Gigaom, the open source organization is developing a streaming stick to compete with Google’s Chromecast, and yes it runs Firefox OS.
It’s all about the comment section.
If you thought that Mozilla only does PC software then you are wrong, thanks to the recent funding by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for journalism, the open source organization along with New York Times and Washington Post have received a $3.89 million grant to create a new online community platform, which would be later offered at no charge to others.
Now with Pepper Flash.
Good news, a new Developer Preview release has just hit the channel and is now available for you to download.
One of the most important changes in this build is the inclusion of the Pepper Flash, a much more stable version of Flash where each plugin is sandboxed. For it to work though you will have to download the new Adobe Flash Beta.