July, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer, Firefox – Down
With Microsoft releasing Windows 10, it will be interesting to see when will Microsoft Edge overtake Opera, Safari and other web browsers. However, before that happens, it’s time to do (probably) the last market share report where Edge still belongs to the “Other” category.
First (as always) is Internet Explorer, which is down from 54% to 53.47% (0.53 point decrease).
July, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up, Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
As we are close to the end of the summer, it’s time to find out whether there have been any significant changes in the browser market share trends for the month of July.
Kicking things of with Safari, Apple’s browser is up again and is now close to the March, 2015 levels, from 41.66% to 42.44% (0.78 point increase).
In startup speed.
Today, Norwegian browser maker has released the final version of Opera 31, which (among other things) brings a pretty neat, 70% start up boost compared to the previous versions, with most gains being on the computes with slower hard drivers so those rocking SSDs should not see that much of a difference, although everything opens pretty much instantly anyway so…
As far as other features go, Discover feature has been redesigned and now includes a much better layout. On a side note, we would love to see the statistics on how many % of Opera users actually use this feature.
We are not exactly sure what is going on with either Microsoft or Opera but it looks like Opera Mini has disappeared again from the Windows Phone store, for a third time this year.
The good news? Opera Software is aware of the issue and are working with Microsoft to fix it.
Personally, we’d love to know exactly why this keeps happening.
June, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome – Up, Android Browser, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
Just like every month, it’s time to reveal the mobile market share data for June from the NetApplications.
After quite a few months of drops, Safari is ready to fight back and is up by 1.99 point, from 39.67% to 41.66%.
June, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer – Down
It’s getting hot out there but the web browser news must go on, and today we look at the latest market share data from the NetApplications.
Includes other changes.
If you are using Opera to watch Netflix then here is something to brighten up your day. According to the recent blog post, Opera 32 will finally support Netflix properly, thanks to the Widevine plug-in, which should be automatically installed when you visit the Netflix website.
As far as other (and broader audience) changes go, previous Opera developer release has also introduced the bookmarks tree view, allowing you to easily organize and manage bookmarks in any way you like.
And other changes.
Today, Norwegian browser maker has released the very first Opera 32 build (Developer Preview) and it includes at least one interesting new feature: animated themes.
So what animated themes do is impose a looped video instead of a static background, which is displayed in Speed Dial, Bookmarks, Discover and pretty much every other page. However, while it does sound and look cool, animated backgrounds are really distracting and it’s probably not something that you will continue using. Here is a video demo for you:
Grab it now.
After Opera 30 was recently released to the stable channel, here comes the next contender: Opera 31 Beta, which aims to refine rather than to change the overall browsing experience.
As a result, Opera 31 features a lot of under the hood changes, with the promise to speed up web browser on slower computers (and hard drives). For example: the multiple reads and writes of the same data during web browser start have been eliminated, improving both speed and efficiency. In addition to that, guys at Opera Software have implemented a DLL preloading technique, which too should reduce the time it takes to access the hard drive.