Category: Mobile Browsers
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.
Back in December, we have reported about the very first Windows Phone 8 update, which (among other improvements) was supposed to bring a new Internet Explorer feature, allowing users not to download images, saving bandwidth and improving loading times.
Now, it looks like Microsoft has decided to make this feature a yet another Verizon exclusive, with even unlocked Australian / European phones missing the promised checkbox.
January, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Opera Mini, Android – Down
As the “New Year” passes by, it’s time to take a look at the mobile market share data for January, 2013, which includes one new player: Internet Explorer.
As more and more developers optimize their apps for the HD resolution displays, SurfCube 3D did too receive an update, bumping its version number to v4.5.
If you can get around the awkward interface, SurfCube 3D will offer you a couple of features that are currently missing in the mobile version of Internet Explorer 10, such as: orientation lock and ability to open links in the background. However, we are pretty confident that the developer is mostly targeting WP7 users as they lack some of the more important features like bandwidth saver mode and a proper tab management.
Front reminds us of the iPhone.
After demonstrating Firefox OS on a couple of unbranded and bland looking devices, Mozilla has just announced two developer preview phones, and they do indeed look better than expected.
What is more interesting though are the specs. Although it was speculated that Firefox OS will be limited to the low and/or mid-range phones, developer devices are far from slow, which is both exciting and concerning. If these devices are an exception, we wonder how will developers be able to test their apps and make sure that they run smoothly on a far less powerful phone.
Another iPad web browser.
Back in June, 2012, Mozilla has revealed their upcoming project: Firefox Junior, which, just like Opera Ice and Internet Explorer, focuses on a full page experience.
Now, according to a Polish web site Komputer Swiat, Junior will be released in the first half of 2012, giving Mozilla 4 more months to polish things up.
If you are not exactly sure what this new project is all about, check the following video.
Android and iOS only.
Now here is something you won’t see every single day. In an effort to stay relevant in the mobile space, it looks like Opera is open to all kinds of crazy ideas and one of them was just revealed. As learned by Pocket-lint, Norwegian browser maker has dropped their own rendering engine (codenamed Presto), which powers a wide range of products (Opera Mobile, Opera Desktop, Opera Mini, Opera Wii Browser and their TV Web Browser), in favor of WebKit, which since became a standard among developers.
Aims for broader audience.
Following Google Chrome, Mozilla too has released a new beta version of its Firefox browser for Android, which includes one important change: a broader support for phones with ARMv6 processors.
According to Mozilla, they have reduced the overall app requirements from 800 MHz to 600 MHz, allowing users with handsets like LG Optimus One, HTC Wildfire S and ZTE R750 to test their bellowed web browser.