Category: Mobile Browsers
As Microsoft is set to unveil a new version of Windows Phone later next week (April 4th), it looks like the search giant itself is now in early stages of planning / developing a Google Chrome browser for WP.
Since late 2012 there was a request for Google to “Port Chrome to Windows Phone 8 aka WP8” with little to no updates, up until now.
Just a mere 14 hours ago, a request was re-opened with the following message: dxie [Chromium team member] is going to own this now for investigation.
Recently, Mozilla has announced their plans to abandon Firefox for Metro due to an insufficient amount of beta testers (thousands), which is a pretty low number compared to Firefox for desktop where we are talking millions.
Now, a former Mozilla developer, Brian Bondy, is arguing that its Microsoft strict guidelines and a messy default browser setup process that are partly responsible for the project failure.
His arguments are new nothing new or earth shattering but still something to consider while sipping coffee or tea in early Sunday morning.
Always better than nothing.
If you are in a mood for a quickie then here is a minor update for your Opera web browser, which, besides some “under the good changes” includes the following fixes:
- Empty tab manager thumbnails
- Passwords sometimes not stored
- Speaker phone always turned on
- Common crash when playing video on specific sites
- Issue with loading spinner after a session restore
For those that are still using old phones, Opera has cooked a pretty delicious treat: a new version of Opera Mini.
So what kind of new features will you find there? First in the list is a “Private Browsing” mode, which you can use when your imagination is running on empty, next is “Night mode”, a pretty neat option that will dim your phone’s display.
Lastly, a refreshed “Data Usage” menu and improved tab access for phones with keypads. Excited? Grab it below.
Internet Explorer 11 remains the status quo.
If you’ve been dreaming about the Opera browser ever since the release of Windows Phone 8 (not to mention occasional hints by Opera guys themselves), then we got some bad news for you.
According to Vera Lasam Bergtun, the Social Media Coordinator at Opera Software, the team behind one of the better mobile browsers haven’t even began working on a version for Microsoft’s platform.
Windows Phone users rejoice.
Recently, UC Browser has been updated to version 3.4, which brings a couple of new features that are worth mentioning.
First in the list is ability to export downloaded files to SD card or public folder, next is a convenient way to share downloaded files through Bluetooth or QR Code.
February, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, Apple’s web browser saw a decrease in its market share numbers, down from 54.97% to 53.52% (1.45 decrease).
Even though we’ve already reported a majority of the upcoming Internet Explorer 11 Mobile features, it looks like guys at UnleashThePhones have got their hands on the device running one of the WP 8.1 builds.
As you can see in the video above, there’s a setting to remember passwords, adjust reading view font size, a stop / refresh button inside the address bar and more.
Competes with AVG Family Safety browser.
Even though Windows Phone is a pretty safe and secure OS already, there’s something extra, in case you enjoy browsing shady web sites and need one more layer of protection.
During MWC 2014 Event, Kaspersky has announced Safe Browser, which protects users from malicious and phishing web sites, so yes, just a basic browser with a filter, as simple as that.
If you are hungry for more IE11 Mobile details, which is coming later this year, then good news.
According to latest leaks, among previously reported things, Internet Explorer update will also include:
- Password sync, something users have been requesting for ages
- WebGL, pretty self-explanatory, an API for 2D and 3D rendering
- … and finally, a fix for YouTube videos, allowing you to watch them in either full screen or not without leaving the page (IE10 currently opens a media player once you hit the play button) .