Category: Mobile Browsers
Yesterday, Opera Software have announced its plans to show a new version of Opera Mini in the MWC 2015 conference for both Windows Phone and Android.
Well, while we wait for the official press renders and other gooes, guys at WMPU have managed to get their hands on a new Opera Mini build for Windows Phone, that is (finally) not frustrating to use.
According to Opera, it was redesigned from the ground up to alligh with Microsot‘s Metro UI, in addition to that, it is said to be fast and fluid, unlike the Beta version of Opera Mini, which is just awful.
If you’ve been using Opera Mini on Windows Mobile and now have downloaded the “latest” build on Windows Phone, then there shouldn’t be UI learning experience as it’s exactly the same as it has been five years ago.
Well, things could take a turn for the better as Opera will unveil two new builds for both Android and Windows Phone that are set to look more native to the OS itself.
If you have not installed Windows 10 on your PC and still want to play with Microsoft’s new rendering engine (Edge) then here’s another option: grab a preview build of Windows Phone 10, which was just released.
However, in case you are wondering whether or not this build includes Spartan, it does not. Instead, just like in Windows 10, Internet Explorer is still a default web browser but with a new engine. On a positive note, IE will be replaced with Spartan in future builds.
January, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
After finding out the desktop market share numbers, let’s do the desktop!
Despite record iPhone sales, Safari continues to go the opposite direction, down from 43.76% to 43.20% (0.56 point decrease).
Brings few new features.
In case you’re rocking the old iPhone or iPod and prefer Opera Mini over regular Opera for handhelds then here is a small update for you, which will make your browsing experience easier.
Among stability and performance improvements there are two new features:
- First is an ability to open a new tab by sliding the tab button up with your finger,
- Second is the refined search bar, which will now keep the keyword in case you want to refine the search
Yesterday, we have reported that Opera Mini (Beta) has been unpublished from the Windows Phone store with no official comment from either Opera Software or Microsoft.
Later that day the former issued the tweet, stating that the app was accidentally removed due to some sort of bug in the store itself.
In an interesting trend where quite a few apps have been unpublished from the Windows Phone store, it looks like Opera Mini is next. According to the latest report, the app is no longer available and no one knows why.
Opera Mini for Windows Phone was last updated back in December with an average rating of 2.5 stars, if you try to visit the download link it informs that “This app is no longer published”.
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.