June, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, it looks like Apple’s web browser is now in a downtrend as we see another drop, from 48.72% to 46.07% (2.65 points decrease).
If you are not sure which of the two Opera browsers to use on your iOS device (Coast or Mobile) then add a third one to the mix.
Released earlier this month, a new version of Opera Mini offers a complete overhaul in user design and features such as ability to choose compression mode (Opera Turbo, providing with a full web experience while still saving you data, giving you up to 50% more sites to browse while classical Opera Mini mode offers up to 90% data savings).
Yes, it’s really here.
After a rather long wait, the Norwegian browser maker has finally delivered the very first Opera Developer Preview build for all you Linux users out there.
So if you’ve been delaying the upgrade because of no Linux version today is your lucky day. It should be noted though that there is one known issue: you may experience a startup crash if Google Chrome, Chromium, or derivatives are set as a default web browser.
Now here’s a pretty unexpected move.
Recently, Opera Software and Microsoft have announced a new partnership where Opera will become the default web browser on the software giant’s latest Android phone family: Nokia X.
“Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.”
The deal is expected to close in Q3 2014.
Today, Opera Software has announced the acquisition of AdColony, the mobile video advertising platform for a total of $75 million and potential earn out payments of up to $275 million so the total transaction value might be as high as $350 million over the next 2 years.
The deal is set to strengthen Opera’s mobile advertising business with a combined audience reach of 700 million consumers.
Now with Pepper Flash.
Good news, a new Developer Preview release has just hit the channel and is now available for you to download.
One of the most important changes in this build is the inclusion of the Pepper Flash, a much more stable version of Flash where each plugin is sandboxed. For it to work though you will have to download the new Adobe Flash Beta.
Here comes a pretty nice update for all your Opera users out there.
With today’s release, Norwegian browser maker has included a couple of new features, such as:
- Improved Tab Management: You can now close tabs by simply swiping them up or restore them by pressing the menu button in the tab UI.
- Better File Download: Finally, users will be able to resume paused or failed downloads.
- Discovery Mode Tweaks: Now you can use swipe right and move to the next article.
May, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome, Firefox – Down
Time to do the desktop.
Recovering from a short downtrend, Internet Explorer is up again, this time by 0.29 point, from 57.88% to 58.17%.
May, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Internet Explorer – Down
As always, we start with the market leader: Safari, this time its market share has decreased by 3.05 points, from 51.77% to 48.72%.
Next is Android Browser, which too experienced a drop in the numbers, from 22.56% to 21.87% (0.69 point decrease).
Silent mode for everything.
Recently, Opera followed other browsers and revealed a new build, which would automatically update your software to the latest version. Now, it looks like Norwegian browser maker has decided to go an extra mile and silence even more tasks, starting with the latest Developer build (23.0.1522.0), Opera will now scan your PC for other web browser installations / profiles and silently import all data (on the first run) without your permission, including: passwords, cookies, history and bookmarks.