Category: Google Chrome
February, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Chrome – Down
It’s that time of the month again where we take a look at the latest market share trends for the mobile web browsers.
No one cared about Safari.
With the Pwn2Own hacking contest coming to an end, it was revealed that every major web browser was hacked.
Google Chrome exploit allowed for a full breakout from its invincible sandbox resulting in a $100,000 reward, while both Firefox and Internet Explorer were exploited by a security firm VUPEN, resulting in a total of $160,000 in bounty payments ($60,000 and $100,000 respectively).
What about Safari? As it turns out, no one even pre-registered for Apple’s web browser this year despite the $75,000 prize.
Brings improved search and sharing.
Earlier this month, we reported about the new Chrome update for Android, which aims to boost the performance and improve the overall responsiveness.
Now, Google has revealed a new build for the iPad and iPhone too and it brings a pleasant change: instead of showing a cluttered URL bar when searching for all kinds of crazy things, Chrome will now display your keyword instead (see screenshot below).
Opera Turbo and Amazon Silk to lose another selling point.
Now here is an interesting peace of information for you. According to Engadget, Google is working on a new way to compress web data and optimize page loading times, thanks to its SPDY proxy servers.
Grab it now.
After a beta build push earlier this year, Google has recently announced the availability of the Google Chrome 25 Stable for Android.
Unlike with desktop builds (where new features are always on demand), Chrome for Android has put a huge emphasis on one of the most important aspects for any mobile web browsers: performance.
With voice recognition.
If you are in a mood to talk to your PC then we have some great news for you: the latest stable build of Google’s Chrome web browser includes a support for Web Speech API, which allows you to have a conversation with web apps.
With awesome audio indicator for tabs.
Now here is a feature that some of us have been waiting for 5 to 10 years. After everyone said that it can’t be done, Google has just pushed a new bleeding edge build to its Canary channel, which will finally be able to identify tabs that are playing audio, meaning that you will no longer have to fiddle around to find the offender.
And this is how it looks like in action:
Involves touch sensitive housing.
Now here is an interesting patent application by the search giant himself. According to PatentBolt, Google has been granted a patent, which would make our life much easier.
Since today’s phones and tablets don’t have tons of hardware keys, navigating through the web involves a lot of hand movement as you have to reach the navigation bar, which is usually placed in the upper side of the screen.
If alpha builds is your thing then you will be happy to know that Google has recently pushed Chrome 26 to its dev channel.
Although we expected just some minor changes and few bug fixes here and there, Google Chrome 26 actually includes quite a few improvements, in fact, it’s probably one of the biggest changelogs we have seen from the search giant.