Category: Mobile Browsers
March, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser seen an increase of 0.39 point, up from 53.52% to 53.91%.
Can it be true?
With the recent reveal of Office or iPad and Android, it looks like there is a new (and absolutely crazy) rumor in town (which comes from unverified source via Twitter): Microsoft is porting Internet Explorer for Android.
While at first glance it does not seem realistic, one might wonder if the software giant has decided to spread even more of their services across different platforms rather than making them MS exclusive, which was the case with Xbox Live Games (some of them are now on iOS and Android), Office, etc.
Another day, another CEO for Mozilla.
Back in August 2005, he became a CTO of Mozilla and has been doing some management ever since. What about his vision? Well, as it turns out, he doesn’t see Firefox as a top priority project, instead it is Firefox OS, yes, a mobile operating system that is yet to gain any traction is what Mozilla will be focusing on from now on. Either he is crazy, highly ambitious or both.
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.