Category: Mobile Browsers

Opera Enters Advertising Market

By | October 6, 2010 | 21 Comments

Opera Enters Advertising MarketBack in January of 2010, Opera Software has acquired a mobile advertising company “AdMarvel”.

Ever wondered what could possibly come out of this? Today, company has announced its plans to join mobile advertising market with its cloud-based, “Open Mobile Ad Exchange” platform.

By using JavaScript technology, company pushes advertiser ads directly into Opera Mini served web pages.

As Opera Software co-founder Jon von Tetzchner said, “there will be ads where you’re used to seeing ads,”.

Although there are almost 70 million Opera Mini users worldwide, it’s still unclear how exactly the company will attract potential advertisers and whether or not this product becomes a huge success.

Browser Comics

By | October 5, 2010 | 3 Comments

Browser Comics

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Weekly Browsers Recap, October 4th

By | October 4, 2010 | 2 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, October 4th

IE9 Beta: 6 Million Downloads in Two Weeks
Following 2 million downloads milestone on September 21st, Microsoft has…

Mozilla: No Firefox Browser for the iPhone
If you’ve been expecting to see Firefox for the iPhone anytime soon, then…
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Android Browsers: Skyfire vs. Dolphin HD vs. Opera Mini vs. Mozilla Fennec

By | September 30, 2010 | 13 Comments

Android Browsers: Skyfire vs. Dolphin HD vs. Opera Mini vs. Mozilla Fennec

Guys at PCWorld benchmarked Skyfire 2.0, Dolphin HD, Opera Mini, Mozilla Fennec, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 stock mobile web browsers.

As you can see from the results above, Opera Mini and Skyfire 2.0 took the lead, followed by Android 2.2, Android 2.1, Dolphin HD and lastly, Mozilla’s Fennec (Alpha) browser.

Interestingly enough, Skyfire 2.0 beats Opera Mini when loading pages directly from the web (they both compress content), while Opera Mini performed better during cached pages load test.

Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta 2 for Symbian Released

By | September 29, 2010 | 8 Comments

Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta 2 for Symbian ReleasedOpera Software has just released the second beta of Opera Mobile 10.1 web browser.

This version introduces an ARM optimized version of Opera’s JavaScript engine called Carakan, which is approximately 4 times faster than its predecessor.

On the side note, Sony Ericsson has recently announced its plans to get rid of Symbian platform completely. This leaves Nokia the only company that still manufactures and develops Symbian OS devices.


Mozilla: No Firefox Browser for the iPhone

By | September 29, 2010 | 6 Comments

Mozilla: No Firefox Browser for the iPhoneIf you’ve been expecting to see Firefox for the iPhone anytime soon, then hold your horses still.

In the recent post, Mozilla has answered to one of the most frequently asked questions: Firefox for the iPhone?

We are working to bring as much of your Firefox experience as possible to Firefox Home. People have asked about adding more browser-like features to Firefox Home, but there are technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone. We are focused on building Firefox Home as a rich, cloud-based application and making it a valuable product that people will continue to love and use.

From the answer above, it looks like Mozilla is unable to implement the full Firefox browser experience into the iPhone. However, as company continues to explorer various options and alternatives, we might see something what resembles a mobile web browser.

Mozilla’s Seabird Phone Concept

By | September 24, 2010 | 4 Comments

Billy May from Mozilla Labs community has created a conceptional video that demonstrates the endless possibilities of future phones as technology advances.

There is nothing else to add, just sit back and enjoy the video (3D version available here).

Opera Mini 5.1 for Windows Mobile

By | September 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Opera Mini 5.1 for Windows MobileHere comes another release from Opera, as company has just announced the availability of Opera Mini 5.1 for Windows Phone 6.5, Windows Mobile 6, Windows Mobile 5, and Windows Mobile 2003 devices.

Why should you use Opera Mini instead of Opera Mobile? Well, it depends on your handset and your personal preference.

It’s a nice release with its advantages and disadvantages, when compared to Opera Mobile 10. One of such advantages is a “working” “Back” button, click on it and you are instantly surfing the previous page, while in Opera Mobile 10, it takes you back and then reloads the very same page (at least on my device). On the other hand, Opera Mini 5.1 UI appeared to be a little bit sluggish sometimes.
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Web Browser Questions and Answers

By | September 5, 2010 | 12 Comments

Web Browser Questions and Answers

After a couple of requests, I have finally decided to launch a page that is

What is it all about?
Essentially, it is a web browser questions and answers site. Therefore, as the content starts kicking in, will serve as a good knowledge base for web browser related issues.

Also, you can earn points for asking and answering questions.

Can you redeem points for any cool prizes?
Not yet, but stay tunned, there will certainly be a couple of them in the near future.

Visit web browser questions and answers page.

Skyfire Submitted to Apple’s App Store

By | September 2, 2010 | 3 Comments

Skyfire Submitted to Apple's App StoreJust as expected, Skyfire Team has submitted their mobile web browser into Apple’s App store and is awaiting approval.

If Apple approves the app, Skyfire would allow iPhone/iPad users to enjoy Flash content that is being transcoded into HTML5 via company servers.

According to press release, Skyfire Team followed Apple guidelines, including the use of a WebKit browser core shared with Safari, and h.264 adaptive streaming.