Category: Mobile Browsers
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%.
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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.
If you’ve been waiting for something more specific than “sometime in 2013”, then we have some good news for you. As learned in AllThingsD conference “D: Dive Into Mobile”, first Firefox OS smartphones will be launching in June in the following regions: Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Poland.
If your country is not in the list, chances are you will have to wait till the end of 2013, unless you are from the US, in that case don’t expect any Firefox OS smartphones this year at all.
After the recent update for PCs, Google has also published a new build of iPhones, iPads and Android handhelds.
So what can you expect from this release? Starting off with tablets, you can now access your tab history by holding back button and in case this isn’t exactly your cup of tea, there is another improvement: a full screen mode, which will be triggered when you scroll down.
Hopefully, it’s not made out of cheap plastic.
It seems like a new generation of rendering engines are breeding, which means pretty exciting times ahead, at least for the web browser enthusiasts like ourselves. Developers on the other hand are likely to tremble in fear.
Earlier this week, Mozilla has officially announced a new rendering engine called “Servo”, which (as we wrote back in December) is built using Rust, Mozilla’s own programming language, targeting multi core hardware.
March, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
It’s April already and you know the drill, it’s time to dive into the latest market share numbers from HitsLink.