Category: Mobile Browsers
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.
With Opera Turbo rebranded as “Off-Road Mode”.
It looks like Opera Ice was simply a codename, as Norwegian browser maker has just announced the availability of its WebKit based web browser for Android. So how is it called? Opera Browser (Beta).
As we have seen in previous official and unofficial videos, Opera with WebKit brings a new take on the user interface, news reader, download manager and a private browsing mode (you know, for buying gifts).
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.
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.
Now here is a quick tip for you: if you are excited about the upcoming Firefox OS or simply have some time to burn, head over to the following link for a live blog from TheVerge, which is about to begin.
Not a fan of their blogging style? No problem, Engadget is covering event as well.
For both, PC and Android.
Now here is a double treat for all you Firefox users out there. Instead of a PC release alone, Mozilla has decided to go for an extra mile and publish the final Firefox 19 builds on all the platforms, including Android.
So what’s new? As reported earlier, Firefox 19 for the PC includes a built in PDF reader, startup performance improvements as well as new web standards support.
Opera’s biggest purchase yet?
Skyfire Labs, a company that raised $23 million just over a year ago, has been acquired by Opera Software in a deal said to be worth up to $155 million in both cash and stock. This includes an upfront payment of $50 million and performance based payments over the next 3 years.
While it’s been a while since we heard about Skyfire’s web browser, it looks like this wasn’t the only driving force behind the acquisition.
Should have done that years ago.
After revealing Opera Ice, a WebKit based mobile web browser for Android and iOS, Opera Software today announced its plans migrate “most” of its upcoming browsers for smartphones and PC’s.