Category: Mobile Browsers
December, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Android Browser – Down
So how did the mobile browsers do in the last month of 2014? Let’s find out.
As always, Safari is first in our list, down from 45.40% to 43.76% (1.64 point decrease).
Now available for general public.
It looks like guys at UC Browser are not taking any breaks and keep pumping one release after another. Latest in the list is the GA release of UC Browser 4.2, which brings a lot of new and neat features, including:
- Cortana integration (voice control)
- Downloads to the SD card,
- A brightness control for the night mode and tons of them in general: nigh mode, speed mode, text only and more
- Picture password
- Smart Downloading, which means that even when you lock the screen, it will continue
- Desktop mode
Counting this year’s accomplishments.
For those following Mozilla’s attempts to conquer the mobile world, it looks like Firefox OS will soon reach minor yet welcome milestone: availability in 30 countries (currently there are 14 smartphones offered by 14 operators in 28 countries). What about the sales and usage share? No numbers from Mozilla yet.
What about you? Do you plan to buy one or maybe already own one of many Firefox OS phones?
Personally, I prefer to sit back and wait for that one weird flagship like Amazon’s Fire Phone.
The months of declining Firefox market share might soon come to an end or at least a slow down, as according to Mozilla’s Release Manager, Lukas Blakk, has announced that after years of refusal, the open source organization is finally bringing Firefox to iOS.
He wrote, “We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS #mozlandia”
Why the sudden change? While we may never know all the possible reasons, one of the key elements could be a shift in Apple’s strategy itself, where the tech giant (since the WWDC 2014) announced the availability of WKWebView for all the developers:
Meet a new kind of “web browser”.
Now here’s an interesting take on web browsers. If you own the iPad or iPhone feel free to check an interesting new app called Wildcard, which aims to replace your typical web page with fancy cards.
Think of it as an alternative RSS Reade, which deconstructs pages into a more streamlined user experience (see the screenshot below).
If you are kind of a gestures guy (or a girl) then behold as a new Surfy update will bring some joy to your life.
Starting with Surfy 5.5, you will now be able to swipe between tabs, as simple as that. In addition to that, there is a new context menu, which can be activated by long pressing on the top title section of the tab, allowing you to swipe the tab away without using the X button.
Now here’s something if you are paranoid about your privacy. The recently released Surfy 5.4 now includes a pretty neat option, which allows you to protect your web browser data. Despite the fact that it already has an in-private browsing mode, developers have decided to go an extra mile and include a passcode box. As a result, when you launch Surfy 5.4, users will be required to type in the password, same happens if you leave your phone inactive for a few minutes.
In addition to this new feature, there are also various bug fixes, performance improvements and support for Kannada language, which even Windows Phone itself does not support.
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Apple’s Safari, its market share grew by 0.41 point, from 44.63% to 45.04%.
If you were happy with the data savings when using Opera Mini on your iPad or iPhone then you will be happy to know that the latest build will help you to save even more megabytes.
Thanks to the new Video Boost feature (which can be enabled via O Menu > Savings Enabled > Opera Turbo: Video Boost toggle), Opera Mini will now provide you with the video optimization service at no additional charge.
What does that mean? More data savings and less video buffering!