Category: Mobile Browsers
June, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, it looks like Apple’s web browser is now in a downtrend as we see another drop, from 48.72% to 46.07% (2.65 points decrease).
If you are not sure which of the two Opera browsers to use on your iOS device (Coast or Mobile) then add a third one to the mix.
Released earlier this month, a new version of Opera Mini offers a complete overhaul in user design and features such as ability to choose compression mode (Opera Turbo, providing with a full web experience while still saving you data, giving you up to 50% more sites to browse while classical Opera Mini mode offers up to 90% data savings).
Now here’s a pretty unexpected move.
Recently, Opera Software and Microsoft have announced a new partnership where Opera will become the default web browser on the software giant’s latest Android phone family: Nokia X.
“Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.”
Here comes a pretty nice update for all your Opera users out there.
With today’s release, Norwegian browser maker has included a couple of new features, such as:
- Improved Tab Management: You can now close tabs by simply swiping them up or restore them by pressing the menu button in the tab UI.
- Better File Download: Finally, users will be able to resume paused or failed downloads.
- Discovery Mode Tweaks: Now you can use swipe right and move to the next article.
Something special for the 2014 World Cup fans.
If you can’t live without the all the juicy details about currently ongoing World Cup then the latest UC Browser updated is something you’ll be grateful for.
So how exactly does the new 3.6 version do that? According to the changelog, Speed Dial will now give users access to the latest scores, stats, photos, videos and more from the World Cup. In addition to that, you can now save files directly to your SD card, which is a nice bonus for those that are not into football.
May, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Internet Explorer – Down
As always, we start with the market leader: Safari, this time its market share has decreased by 3.05 points, from 51.77% to 48.72%.
Next is Android Browser, which too experienced a drop in the numbers, from 22.56% to 21.87% (0.69 point decrease).
Here comes two updates for all you guys out there for both Android (Build 36.0.1985.36) and iOS (Build 35.0.1916.38).
Besides expected bug fixes and various performance / stability improvements, here’s what else is new:
Chrome 36 Beta for Android Changelog:
Good news for all you alternative Windows Phone browser users out there as the guys behind Surfy has just released an update.
Bringing it to version 4.3, the following build introduces a Launch Pad, allowing you to quickly open pinned web pages. There is also a separate HTML5 Game section pinned in the launch pad, with web based games that can be played offline.
April, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Internet Explorer – Down
It’s the middle of May as we dig into the previous month’s mobile market share data.
Kicking things off with Safari, Apple’s web browser has seen a decrease of 2.14 points, from 53.91% to 51.77%.
Fixes annoying password manager book.
Finally, a new version for all you Opera users out there. With the recently released browser build for Android, guys at Opera have included a couple of new features as well as welcomed password manager fix, which will no longer fail to suggest saved passwords for many sites.
As far as other changes go, Discover feature has been totally revamped, Chromium has been updated to v34, there are (as usual) a bunch of stability and usability improvements as well as screen rendering improvements and page loading spinner behavior. Last, a copy link context menu option has been added, which is a small but welcome feature.