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.
If you are up for some experimentation with new features then here’s at least one. With the recently Google Chrome 38 Beta release, the search giant has included a what so called user switching design, allowing you to “sign out” from your web browser in case someone else wants to use your PC. As a result, he or she will get his own bookmarks, sessions, etc. once signed in (or they can always use a guest mode (To enable Guest mode, click on You (or your name if you’ve signed in) > Switch person > Browse as Guest.) if preferred.
Modern UI for your new tab window.
If you love the Windows 8 look & feel then you will enjoy the Firefox metroTab extension. After installation, you will be able to pin and customize your new tab page with tiles, meaning pinning web sites, see weather information and more.
According to developer, it “also, includes some tiles that can retrieve information from their page and show it to the user in the same page.”
With HTML5 video support and more.
Now here’s a pretty neat update for everyone who is still rocking Opera Mini on their Android phones. Thanks to the recent 7.6 update, you will now be able to:
- Watch HTML5 videos as it’s not supported
- Better control your downloads and bandwidth usage since users will now be prompted whether or not they want to download larger files than 15 MB over cellular connection or wait for the Wifi.
- Opt out of Google Analytics
Want to upgrade? Remove the 32 bit version first.
Yes, it’s finally happening, the 64 bit version of Google Chrome is going mainstream as it was just pushed to the stable release channel. While it took the search giant some time (years), users can finally enjoy the benefits of x86-64 system architecture.
Windows users will also be happy to learn that Google Chrome now supports DirectWrite, a much improved font rendering API, for better than ever reading experience.
If you are one of the very few people who lives in India and are eyeing Mozilla’s Firefox OS phone then good news, as the open source organization in collaboration with Intex (India’s phone maker) has launched the Cloud FX, an alternative to the “dumb” phone.
The Cloud FX has a 3.5 inch, 320 x 480 resolution screen, 2 mpx camera and a 1 GHz processor, in addition to that, it supports two SIM cards, a feature that Indian market demands.
App becomes “Mini Web Browser”
If you’re wondering how tight Microsoft quality / fake apps control in the market place is then look no further than at the fake Opera Mini app, which was available for anyone to download for around 6 months.
Becomes even more awesome.
With the Windows 8.1 August update (which was supposed to be a much bigger deal and bring the new (aka old school) start menu, the software giant has also included the new F12 developer tools for Internet Explorer 11.
What’s new? Surprisingly, a lot, you can expect new icons and notifications, various console changes (with accurate autocomplete and more), improved in DOM explorer (now there’s a color picker, color wheel, eye dropper, etc.), debugger changes and so much more.