If you’ve been following FavBrowser for a while, then you will know that we like Maxthon quite a lot. It does a lot of things right, however, there are still some flaws that can ruin your experience, especially if you are as judgmental as we are.
So what are those flaws?
1. Clunky Speed Dial
If you’ve ever thought that Maxthon is just a peace of UI on top of a rendering engine, then you were wrong.
Overtakes Google Chrome in the HTML5 race.
The latest Beta version of Maxthon 3.3 web browser has been recently released and as it turns out, when it comes to HTML5, guys at Maxthon did a really good job as it beats the latest Chromium build by a slight margin.
According to the report, Maxthon 220.127.116.110 scored 380+15 in the HTML5Test while Chromium reached “only” 379+9.
At least it’s not a malware.
You know that time when you’ve slept with a gorgeous woman only in the morning to find out that she is actually a man? Neither do I.
Anyway, upon trying the Maxthon 18.104.22.1680 Final, which has recently been released, there was a suspicious checkbox that, for the entertainment purposes alone, I’ve left unchanged; it said something along the lines of:
Brings “Maxthon Extension Platform” and “Online History”.
It looks like many web browser vendors have decided to release a new version of their software right before or after the Christmas. As we stated in our review, while other companies copy, Maxthon does its own thing and the following version is no exception.
So what can you expect from this release?
Earlier this month, the Avant team has a released a dual engine web browser, which as it turns out, wasn’t good enough.
Maxthon recently released the newest stable version of their browser, bringing along several improvements, new features, and fixes. Some of these had previously been introduced in beta builds 22.214.171.1240 and 126.96.36.1990. Find below a summary of the changelog.
Maxthon 188.8.131.520 Changelog Summary
- MaxSnap: Added printer colors with white. Supported arrow keys to select screenshot area. Supported to adjust the selected area size with Ctrl+arrow keys.
- Now supports “Snap Whole Page” in Retro Mode.
Maxthon, a hybrid web browser from China, has gained a huge crowd of followers in its own homeland and quickly took over the first spot from the Internet Explorer itself. However, when it comes to a global market share, thing are quite different. Microsoft’s IE is still in the lead while Maxthon is miles away from being a “must have” alternative.
Can the upcoming Maxthon 3.2 release change things for good or does it still lack polish and should not compete with the big boys? We go hands on to find out!
After the recent Maxthon 3.2 Beta release (which review can be found here), we sat down with Jeff Chen, the CEO and founder of Maxthon Ltd., to talk about the web browsers and the overall future of Maxthon.
- Can you tell us a little bit of history about the Maxthon web browser and its initial development stages? Back in the day, have you made it just for fun?
The earliest version of MyIE was an open source project started by a Chinese gentleman named Changyou. MyIE was also the first browser to support tabbed browsing: Changyou posted most of the code on his BBS, but he unexpectedly left the project for personal reasons in 2000. Jeff Chen, who was (and is) one of Changyou’s admirers, decided to continue the development, which resulted in the release of MyIE2. MyIE2 experienced rapid growth, with contributions from passionate users worldwide. Through BBS communications, instant messages and forum chats, a global community of users worked on developing the plug-ins, sites, skins and debugging necessary for a great product.