Category: Mobile Browsers
Just in time for the weekend.
If Chrome 30 already feels old to you then you’ll be happy to learn about the recently released Google Chrome 31 Beta for Android.
Among various bug fixes and all that jazz, you might notice a refreshed New Tab page with integrated search bar that that is also said to load faster. In addition to that, Google has introduced application shortcuts, allowing you to pin various websites web sites to your home screen.
Recently, Mozilla has released the Beta version of Firefox 25 for Android, which features some UI improvements and obviously, new features.
Thanks to a newly added guest browsing feature, you can now log out of your current Firefox session and switch to another mode, which will protect your private data (history, bookmarks, etc.) and delete the data that was collected during guest browsing session when it’s ended.
After numerous Chrome updates for Android, here comes one for your iPhone and iPad. Thankfully, it isn’t just some minor update and actually includes some useful features.
When you searching for something, click on one of the links and hit back, the results page will now appear instantly. In addition to that, you can now ask follow up questions using voice search, for example: if you ask Google “Who is the president of the United States?” you can say “Who is his wife?” next and it will know what you meant.
Dumbed down meets intuitive?
If you’ve been looking for a yet another iPad web browser then Coast by Opera might as well be something to consider. Designed specifically for touch, it aims to replace constant tapping on the screen with swipe gestures. The problem (as with the majority of such UI’s) is that these so called “intuitive” gestures are hard to figure out.
Tablets to come with Maxthon Browser pre-loaded as well.
It looks like Maxthon has scored a pretty major deal with MediaTek, the third largest supplier of chipsets used in Android smartphones and tablets. According to the press release, Maxthon will be preloaded in over 100 million smartphones in 2014 and an unknown amount of tablets.
These pre-installs won’t come just from some unknown OEMs as MediaTek is supplying goods for companies like LG and ZTE.
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.