Category: Mobile Browsers
May, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Opera Mini, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser – Down
It’s that time of the month again.
Before we kick start the weekend, let’s do another round of market share reports, starting with the mobile web browsers.
June 3rd is the day.
Now here’s an interesting rumor for you. In order to “diversify its client base away from Apple”, Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) is teaming up with Mozilla to reveal “a new device” (which is likely to be a tablet) as soon as next week.
While details remain vague, we can only speculate that it’s likely to be a low end tablet aimed to compete with cheap Android devices rather than the premium products like Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad. Nonetheless, we are pretty excited to see the hardware assuming this rumor is true.
Just in time for Windows 8.1
If you were wondering about the progress of Firefox for Microsoft’s “Modern UI” (previously known as Metro), there we have some news for you.
According to Mozilla’s roadmap, the open source organization aims to deliver the final version of Firefox for Windows 8 on November 19, 2013, assuming everything goes as planned.
However, there are two other dates that should be taken into consideration: October 02, 2013, which is tagged as “Optimistic Release Scenario” and March 20, 2014 as a worst case scenario.
From desktop to mobile.
Now here’s a one real world issue that was just solved by Google’s engineers: foreign language web sites. Unlike with Chrome on desktop where you can instantly translate a web page, its mobile version always lacked a hassle free way to do so, up until now.
Staring with Chrome for Android 28.0.1500.21, a Google Translate bar will pop up whenever you visit a page that uses language other than the one that is set on your tablet or a phone.
This is it, guys. A reboot of the Opera web browser for Android is here and it has just dropped the Beta tag.
As we reported back in March, the new version of Opera dropped its own rendering engine in favor of the WebKit that is likely to be replaced with Google’s Blink in the coming future. As far as other changes go: a fresh UI, improved download manager, automatic text wrap and more.
It feels like there was a while since the last major release of Firefox. Well, today is the day when we reset the timer as this week Mozilla has released the final build of Firefox 21 for both PC and Android.
So what can you expect from it? The desktop release adds a support for multiple providers in Mozilla’s Social API, improves the user interface for Do Not Track option so people know what there are choosing and offers some minor improvements and bug fixes that can be seen in the changelog below.
Firefox 21 Final Changelog
April, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Opera Mini, Google Chrome – Up; Safari, Internet Explorer – Down
As always, we start with Apple’s Safari, which is yet to be challenged by any other web browser. This time its market share has decreased by 2.37 points, from 61.79% to 59.42%.
Download Alpha version right now.
Although under the hood changes are always nice, it’s not as exciting as something that even the average Joe can see and touch. Yes, we are talking about the UI changes here. Thankfully, the upcoming Firefox 23 release for Android will do just that, focus on various user interface improvements that is, from changed icons to new animations when tabs are added or removed as well as other effects.
That’s not all though, the upcoming release will also allow you to show web site URL’s instead of page titles in the address bar and highlight domain names as seen in the picture below.
Claims he took trade secrets to Mozilla.
Now here is a new drama for you. Apparently, Opera Software is suing one of its visionary ex-employees, Trond Werner Hansen, who joined the company in 1999 and worked till 2006, then left shortly after only to join for another year from 2009 to 2010.
Be careful about the fonts.
Now here is a small Opera Mini update that will keep you happy for a while: 7.5.2. While not bringing any significant changes, the following release offers some page layout improvements as well as various stabilization fixes.
However, there are a couple more changes that are receiving a lot of negative feedback (at least in the comment section here and here). Due to font improvements for high resolution devices and font calculation method, people report that the text is now too small so please keep that in mind before upgrading.