Category: Mobile Browsers
July, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Android Browser, Google Chrome – Up; Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
In the least eventful time of the year (summer that is), we got a fresh set of data from Net Applications, which, depending on your browser of choice and fanboyism levels, will either make or break your day.
In case you have some time to burn or are simply interested in the technology, then in two hours Google will be streaming their Android / Nexus announcement event, which is rumored to have a new set of Nexus devices as well as Android 4.3.
How is this browsers related? Well, assuming it’s a new version of Android, you can always expect some browser related changes too. Not to mention that the guy running Android team is also behind Chromium. So, grab your popcorn and sit tight, the event is about to begin.
Earlier this month, Google has released the Final build of Chrome 28 for its Android platform, now it looks like the search giant is rolling a similar update for iOS, which includes at least few useful features.
First in the list is an experimental data compression service, which has been one of the key selling points for Opera. Next is an ability to open links for YouTube, Maps, Google+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser as well as a full screen support (iPad only).
That’s not all though, if you’ve been using a voice search for more than just impressing your grandparents, then you’ll be happy to know that Google made some enhancements in this area too.
Good news for all your Chrome users out there as the search giant has recently pushed a new beta build to its Android channel, which aims to expand the WebRTC support beyond desktop web browsers.
In addition to that, you can expect faster page loading times and as always, stability improvements.
Based on Chromium 28.
If you were wondering whether or not Opera too will switch to the fast release cycle then here is a first hint. Approximately 6 weeks after releasing the final version of Opera 14, guys in Norway has just pushed the version 15 and we are not talking about the beta builds here.
Minus improved startup time and ability to download videos, you can now set download location for the files as well as open data from the external SD Card if available.
June, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Opera Mini, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Android Browser – Down
New month, new report.
First in the list is Apple’s Safari web browser, which saw a decrease in its market share by 1.94 point, down from 59.98% to 58.04%.
Grab your Android phones (or tablets), guys, as Mozilla has recently released a new Beta version of Firefox 23, which should keep you busy for a little while.
The question is: what has changed since the last build? Smaller screen size users will be happy to know that Firefox 23 address bar (which Mozilla calls “The Awesome Bar”) will be automatically hidden when not in use, saving you some precious pixel space.
In addition to that, Firefox for Android has also received the RSS feed reader update, allowing you to quickly subscribe to your favorite web sites when visiting them (simply long tap on the Awesome Bar to do so).
80 million installs and counting.
Good news for all you Dolphin users out there, guys at Mobotap Inc. have just revealed the 10th version of its Android web browser, which, unlike Chrome or Firefox releases, is a major one.
So what’s new in this build? Starting with design, Dolphin Browser has received a user interface overhaul, focusing on ease of use and quick access to various features (such as swiping to reveal browser menu, tab lists and so on). In addition to that, you can now pin web apps to your home screen and there are over 200 of them, from Facebook to Twitter.
If you are hungry for some answers (and PR fluff), guys at Engadget did a pretty good interview with Johnathan Nightingale, the VP of Firefox Engineering, asking about Internet Explorer (and Google Chrome) dominance, mobile gaming, WebRTC and much more.
Check it out.