September, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Android Browser – Up; Safari, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
As always, we start with Apple’s Safari, which (after a small bump) continues its downtrend, this time its market share has decreased by 0.44 point, from 45.07% to 44.63%.
Samsung Gear S is its name.
Opera Mini, a web browser that is available on a variety of different platforms (including TVs and gaming console(s)) has now conquered another market: smartwatches.
Announced today for the Tizen based Samsung Gear S, Opera Mini 7.5 includes the features that you expect: data savings, Speed Dial, Smart Pages and more.
With the recent Opera Developer Preview update, Norwegian browser maker has included a neat new feature, which allows you to share your bookmarks with your family or friends. However, unlike regular bookmark sharing, this feature gives you an option to share the whole folder, which you might find useful in certain situations.
However, before updating, keep in mind that there are a couple of known bugs including scrolling performances issues inside internal pages.
With bookmarks and more.
Opera Beta, formerly known as Opera Next, has been updated to the version 25 and it finally brings one of the most requested features: bookmarks, and they will be displayed in a speed dial like fashion (thumbnails instead of text).
In addition to that, there’s a new start page, integrated PDF viewer, web notifications, support for H.264 and MP3 and lastly, a Linux build too!
Opera 25 Beta
Good news! Opera has released the Beta version of Opera Mini for the Windows Phone. However, hours after the 0.9 version hit the store (which was sluggish and with the user interface from the Windows Mobile 6.5), Norwegian browser maker made some tweaks and pushed 0.9.0.1. The bad news? It won’t open for quite a few people and is more unstable than the original build.
Ignoring a pretty bad port (yes, it’s Beta although we’d call it Alpha), we are not sure about the version number either, since in the “About” page it says version 7.6.8 yet in the store this number is completely different.
Mac only, for now.
Now here’s something promising. It looks like Opera has started experimenting with the 64 bit builds (at least for Macs) as the latest developer preview build is finally available in both x86 and x86-64 flavors. In addition to that, the H.264 video is now also enabled on Mac (OS X 10.9 only), which should give Apple users another reason to smile.
As far as other (Windows and Linux too) changes go, there is an experimental Speed Dial, which looks quite odd (see the picture below), experimental bookmark sharing (can be enabled with the opera://flags/#bookmarks-sharing flag) and as usual, speed and security improvements.
August, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Up; Google Chrome, Opera – Down
After a small blip last time, it looks like Internet Explorer is back to business and is now sitting at the 58.46% % market share mark, up from 58.01% (0.45 point increase).
August, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things of with the usual: Apple’s Safari, which regained some of the lost market share, up from 44.83% to 45.07% (0.24 point increase).
Beta to start shortly.
After the recent Microsoft and Opera partnership where Opera Mini became the default web browser in software giant’s non Windows Phones, it looks like we have another fruit of labor.
Today, both companies have announced the Beta program of Opera Mini for Windows Phone (signup here), which should begin in the coming day(s). Despite the fact that signup page already states that the test version is available, people are yet to receive download links.
Catching up with competition,
It’s Tuesday already and Norwegian browser maker has revealed a new Opera 25 build, which included one neat and much needed feature: a built in PDF viewer and yes, it does use Chromium’s PDFium.
In addition to that, there is a new online package installer for Windows, which aims to improve on the overall user experience and interactivity.
Sounds good? Give it a go.