Category: Mobile Browsers
August, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome – Up; Safari, Opera Mini, BlackBerry – Down
It’s autumn already as we take a look at what have had happened at the last month of summer.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser saw a pretty big dip, down from 58.75% to 55.46% (3.29 points decrease).
December 10th is the date.
It looks like Windows 8 users will finally be able to enjoy a touch friendly version of Firefox (for Modern UI) on their PCs and/or handhelds.
According to Mozilla’s roadmap, Firefox 26 will include a “Metro Preview Release” build, which will be pushed to Aurora channel on September 16 and Beta channel on October 28. Lastly, if will be released on December 10 with Firefox 26.
Grab it now.
If you are up for some bug hunting or just want to use the latest and (likely) the greatest builds, then Firefox Nightly for Android is a good candidate to consider, especially after the recent UI update, which, according to Lucas Rocha, the UI engineer at Mozilla, is “the biggest UI change in Firefox for Android” since 2012.
Starting with Firefox 26, Awesomescreen (a place where your bookmarks and history show up when you tap on the URL bar) and Start Page will be merged together, as a result, all your data (such as history, bookmarks, most viewed sites, etc.) are now aggregated in one place.
Here comes another batch of releases from Google for both Android and the PC.
Starting with Chrome 30, users will be able to search by image faster, simply right click on it (or long press if using Android) and the option will appear. While you can always just go to images.google.com, not many people are aware of this feature, which is pretty awesome when you need the biggest version of the image or simply trying to identify the original source and/or the “actress” (yes, it works with GIFs too).
Here’s how it looks like:
Nothing for iOS yet.
Now here’s a trend that seems to have originated from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer: simultaneous browser releases for both PC and mobile platforms.
Recently, Google has pushed Chrome 29 to its stable channel and here’s what’s new: For the PC version, you will see suggestion improvements that will be based on the recently visited web sites. In addition that that, Google has added an option to reset your browser settings to default (without losing important data) and rich notifications for the Mac users.
No ETA yet.
Despite rebooting its mobile platform and focusing on Android and iOS, it looks like Windows Phone users weren’t forgotten.
Guys at WPHub have inquired Opera Software about the possibility of Opera Mini / Mobile for WP and got the following answer:
We are aware that a lot of Windows phone users like you would like to have an Opera browser on their phones. The engineering team at Opera has this on their list.We will announce it as soon as it is ready
Good news for all you Firefox users out there as Mozilla has just released the Beta version of Firefox 24, which packs some new features.
Following the desktop web browsers, Firefox 24 has enabled the WebRTC API by default. In addition to that, you can now share tabs using NFC, which sounds pretty awesome. Among other features that are worth mentioning is a Night mode, giving people that love to read at night something to be thankful for.
That’s not all though, here’s a full Firefox 24 Beta changelog:
July, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Android Browser, Google Chrome – Up; Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
In the least eventful time of the year (summer that is), we got a fresh set of data from Net Applications, which, depending on your browser of choice and fanboyism levels, will either make or break your day.