Category: Mobile Browsers
November, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser has seen a small dip in its numbers, from 55.88% to 55.61% (0.27 point decrease).
With background downloads and more.
While we wait for the Internet Explorer 11 or Opera, here’s a noteworthy update for all you UC Browser users out there, which, by the way, is currently the most popular web browser in the Windows Phone marketplace.
First in the new features list is ability to download files in the background that will also be resumed in case of connection error or other interruptions.
Good news for all you Windows Phone users out there, in case Internet Explorer is not exactly your cup of tea and waiting for Opera is getting tiresome, then mark the 17th of October in your calendars as this is when Maxthon is coming to Windows Phone.
Unfortunately, there are no more details but the release is only two days away.
In the month of September, Apple’s Safari web browser saw another drop in its numbers, down from 55.46% to 54.19% (1.27 point decrease).
Just in time for the weekend.
If Chrome 30 already feels old to you then you’ll be happy to learn about the recently released Google Chrome 31 Beta for Android.
Among various bug fixes and all that jazz, you might notice a refreshed New Tab page with integrated search bar that that is also said to load faster. In addition to that, Google has introduced application shortcuts, allowing you to pin various websites web sites to your home screen.
Recently, Mozilla has released the Beta version of Firefox 25 for Android, which features some UI improvements and obviously, new features.
Thanks to a newly added guest browsing feature, you can now log out of your current Firefox session and switch to another mode, which will protect your private data (history, bookmarks, etc.) and delete the data that was collected during guest browsing session when it’s ended.
After numerous Chrome updates for Android, here comes one for your iPhone and iPad. Thankfully, it isn’t just some minor update and actually includes some useful features.
When you searching for something, click on one of the links and hit back, the results page will now appear instantly. In addition to that, you can now ask follow up questions using voice search, for example: if you ask Google “Who is the president of the United States?” you can say “Who is his wife?” next and it will know what you meant.
Dumbed down meets intuitive?
If you’ve been looking for a yet another iPad web browser then Coast by Opera might as well be something to consider. Designed specifically for touch, it aims to replace constant tapping on the screen with swipe gestures. The problem (as with the majority of such UI’s) is that these so called “intuitive” gestures are hard to figure out.
Tablets to come with Maxthon Browser pre-loaded as well.
It looks like Maxthon has scored a pretty major deal with MediaTek, the third largest supplier of chipsets used in Android smartphones and tablets. According to the press release, Maxthon will be preloaded in over 100 million smartphones in 2014 and an unknown amount of tablets.
These pre-installs won’t come just from some unknown OEMs as MediaTek is supplying goods for companies like LG and ZTE.
August, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome – Up; Safari, Opera Mini, BlackBerry – Down
It’s autumn already as we take a look at what have had happened at the last month of summer.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser saw a pretty big dip, down from 58.75% to 55.46% (3.29 points decrease).