Category: Mobile Browsers
Good news! Opera has released the Beta version of Opera Mini for the Windows Phone. However, hours after the 0.9 version hit the store (which was sluggish and with the user interface from the Windows Mobile 6.5), Norwegian browser maker made some tweaks and pushed 0.9.0.1. The bad news? It won’t open for quite a few people and is more unstable than the original build.
Ignoring a pretty bad port (yes, it’s Beta although we’d call it Alpha), we are not sure about the version number either, since in the “About” page it says version 7.6.8 yet in the store this number is completely different.
August, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things of with the usual: Apple’s Safari, which regained some of the lost market share, up from 44.83% to 45.07% (0.24 point increase).
Beta to start shortly.
After the recent Microsoft and Opera partnership where Opera Mini became the default web browser in software giant’s non Windows Phones, it looks like we have another fruit of labor.
Today, both companies have announced the Beta program of Opera Mini for Windows Phone (signup here), which should begin in the coming day(s). Despite the fact that signup page already states that the test version is available, people are yet to receive download links.
With HTML5 video support and more.
Now here’s a pretty neat update for everyone who is still rocking Opera Mini on their Android phones. Thanks to the recent 7.6 update, you will now be able to:
- Watch HTML5 videos as it’s not supported
- Better control your downloads and bandwidth usage since users will now be prompted whether or not they want to download larger files than 15 MB over cellular connection or wait for the Wifi.
- Opt out of Google Analytics
App becomes “Mini Web Browser”
If you’re wondering how tight Microsoft quality / fake apps control in the market place is then look no further than at the fake Opera Mini app, which was available for anyone to download for around 6 months.
Needs more privileges.
Earlier this year we reported that Google was investigating the possibility of Google Chrome on Windows Phone, which got our hopes high.
Now, it looks like the search giant has finally reached a decision and it’s simple: there won’t be Google Chrome on WP anytime soon, the reason? According to the updated post, “Chrome needs more privileges than a regular metro app so there is no simple port.”
July, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Android Browser – Down
Another month, another report.
First in the list is Apple’s Safari, which is still in a downtrend and has lost another 1.24 point of the market share, down from 46.07% to 44.83%.
For those having issues with the Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 and the way it renders websites, your troubles might soon be over as the upcoming WP 8.1 Update 1 is set to change that.
According to Microsoft, a lot of websites don’t recognize IE as a mobile web browser and shows desktop content instead, resulting in a much different web experience compared to Android or iOS. However, thanks to the WP 8.1 Update 1 (coming to developers next week), which among other changes also brings different User Agent string and webkit prefix support, there was a 40% user experience improvement among 400 top mobile sites that Microsoft has tested.
Another good day for Android users.
If Chrome is not exactly your cup of tea then rejoice, as here comes a new version of Firefox for Android and this is what’s new:
You can now customize your home screen pages, re-order them, chose the default ones, hide them and so on. Additionally, a browser will no longer have to be restarted when switching between different languages although it’s not like people do that very often anyway. For developers, there is a new set of APIs and you can learn more about them here.
Brings one neat feature.
Following the desktop release, here comes one for your handhelds and it does look pretty good. Thanks to the recent improvements, you will no longer have to sign in on Google web sites again (gMail, Maps, Search), which is a very welcome step.
In addition to that, the latest Chrome build now also includes glimpses of Googles’ Material Design language (see screenshots here), which will roll out to all products in the coming months.