Category: Web Browsers
July, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Android Browser, Google Chrome – Up; Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
In the least eventful time of the year (summer that is), we got a fresh set of data from Net Applications, which, depending on your browser of choice and fanboyism levels, will either make or break your day.
Time to switch or is it?
It’s been a while since the last NSS Labs report and as it turns out, instead of comparing malware block rates like they always do, the guys have decided to do something different: find out which browser has the best built in privacy protection.
As it turns out, Safari and Internet Explorer users are protected better than those of Chrome and Firefox (if we ignore 3rd party extensions and NSA) and here is why:
Lower image quality in a smaller package.
Earlier this year, we posted a handpicked benchmark from Google’s conference, which displayed the advantages of VP9 versus H.264.
Now, the guys at ExtremeTech decided to compare H.265 to H.264 and see what the next generation video is all about. Not only that, but they were kind enough to provide with original PNG images (instead of JPG files that were posted in the article) and here are the results:
In case you have some time to burn or are simply interested in the technology, then in two hours Google will be streaming their Android / Nexus announcement event, which is rumored to have a new set of Nexus devices as well as Android 4.3.
How is this browsers related? Well, assuming it’s a new version of Android, you can always expect some browser related changes too. Not to mention that the guy running Android team is also behind Chromium. So, grab your popcorn and sit tight, the event is about to begin.
June, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Opera Mini, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Android Browser – Down
New month, new report.
First in the list is Apple’s Safari web browser, which saw a decrease in its market share by 1.94 point, down from 59.98% to 58.04%.
June, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Firefox, Opera – Down
New month brings new data, let’s take a look.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to do well, it has since surpassed the 56% mark, up from 55.98% to 56.15% (0.17 point increase).
New web browser benchmark results are here.
With fresh releases from almost every company, guys at TomsHardware did a series of tests on their Windows 8 machine to find out exactly, which browser should you chose if you are not tied to a specific UI or add-ons that are exclusive to one ecosystem.
Although Internet Explorer 11 is missing from action, we expect to see updated results fairly soon.
The power of the web.
Now here’s an interesting take on leaking private data. Researchers in Germany are working on a new, ad based platform that would allow whistleblowers to share the information without compromising their positions.
And here is how it works: a web site will embed AdLeaks ad, which contains a code capable of encrypting an empty message with the AdLeaks public key and sending it back to their servers.
Boasts 300 million global users.
It looks like we won’t see Firefox or Chrome on Windows Phone anytime soon so here is something that has slipped under our radar: UC Browser 3.0.
Although it does not bring any user interface changes like Dolphin (not like there is something wrong with it anyway), there are still a couple of new things that might get you interested.
Back in 2012, Microsoft has started working on Pointer Events, a new web standard (which is already marked as a Candidate Recommendation by W3C) that would allow web sites to accept inputs from quite a few different sources, such as a touchscreen and pen, has now gained even more traction.
Just before year’s end, Microsoft released a patch that brought Pointer Events specifications to all WebKit web browsers, followed by Blink patch earlier this year.