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.
August, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome – Down
Another month and another gain for Internet Explorer, up by 0.99 point, from 56.61% to 57.60%.
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).
No cake for you.
If you need an excuse to start drinking on Monday mornings, then we are about to give you two.
As it turns out, Opera Software, which was founded on August 30, 1995, has recently celebrated its 18th birthday, making it one of the oldest browser makers in the world (fun fact: Internet Explorer 1 debuted on August 16, 1995).
Suggests installing as many extensions as possible.
If you’re one of the people who’ve delayed their upgrade plans from Opera 12 because of the missing bookmark functionality, then you are up for a disappointment.
According to the latest blog post (and comments by Odin Hørthe Omdal), you shouldn’t expect native bookmark functionality in the near feature as Opera’s first priority is the quick access bar. Instead, they suggest relying on the third party extensions, which doesn’t sound like a good idea.
Grab it now.
If developer builds is not exactly your cup of tea then you’d be happy to know that Opera has recently released the final version of Opera 16, which (among various bug fixes and performance improvements) includes a couple of nice features to play with.
First in the list is a support for Geolocation API, allowing web sites to track your location if required. In addition to that, opera:flags option is now back, so are jump lists and most importantly, the form auto-filler (yay!).
Safari 6 hides its face in shame.
It’s been a while since the last browser test and when the latest versions from all vendors are already pretty fast, why not measure something useful instead?
Well, that’s what guys from Sauce Labs did. They took a bunch of web browsers and looked at their error rate. The results? Take a look for yourself.
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
First it was Chrome, then Firefox. Now, it looks like Opera too has decided to update their logo and boy does it look familiar.
Considering that Opera 15 is a fresh start for the company, we’d prefer something fresh yet recognizable. Maybe something like these: