The latest version of RockMelt is out and it includes a number of improvements to performance and stability. The newest Chromium enhancements have been added as well as over 130 issues have been fixed, allowing for what the company promises to be a better browsing experience. No new features have been added otherwise, so it’s a particular minor update.
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion also got some love, with RockMelt now running a lot more smoothly on the newly released operating system. The RockMelt experience on Lion is said to become even better in the near future, however. What this promise entails is better support for full screen mode, gesture based navigation, and hiding scrollbars until sites are scrolled.
RockMelt can be downloaded from here.
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Remember the good old Google’s Firefox Toolbar? Turns out, the search giant has decided that today’s web browsers are way too advanced and such toolbar is no longer necessary.
As a result, Google will not be supporting Firefox 5 or any future versions of the web browser; and in case you miss the functionality, it prefers you to use the extensions instead.
However, if Firefox and Google’s Toolbar is a must have feature set for you, a solution would be to downgrade to Firefox 4, which is still supported by the company.
Apple updated Safari to version 5.1 yesterday, patching 58 security vulnerabilities and beefing up the browser with several new features, including sandboxing on Mac OS X 10.7.
Safari 5.1 is bundled with Lion, the operating system Apple released earlier yesterday. Good news is that it also runs on Mac OS X 10.6 i.e. Snow Leopard. A separate Safari update to version 5.0.6 was also issued today for users running Mac OS X 10.5, or Leopard.
According to Christopher Blizzard, Mozilla’s Web platform director, via a blog post, Mozilla has renewed its efforts to bring multiprocess browsing to Firefox. The post stresses the key advantages that process isolation will transfer to Firefox and tackles some of the requirements for Mozilla’s implementation.
Although multiprocess browsing became a higher priority for Mozilla after the release of Firefox 4, it is still not clear when the feature might land. Current and upcoming versions of Firefox do not yet have the feature, so chances that the it might hit the public by the end of this year are slim.
Other web browser vendors to get jealous.
Good news for all the Google Chrome users, IBM’s John J. Barton, the core developer of Firebug, will be joining Google’s Chrome team to work on its next generation Web dev tools.
What made him to take such decision? According to John, working on the next gen Firebug is not practical as browsers change too fast for the size of its team to keep up and shift from desktop to mobile requires additional development time. Furthermore, he could not obtain another year of support from IBM to continue the contributions.
Baidu, China’s largest search engine has launched the Beta version of its own web browser, which was in development for quite some time, as reported earlier by FavBrowser.
Codenamed FlyFlow, Baidu Browser uses the WebKit rendering engine that seems to be a number one choice for many web browser developers these days.
Furthermore, FlyFlow has over 30,000 available applications for its users to choose from, ranging from online games to videos.
With the release of Dolphin 6.0 HD, a WebKit based mobile web browser for Android devices has also received a $10 million investment from the Sequoia Capital.
Launched 15 months ago, Dolphin Browser has now over 4 million monthly active users and grows at a pace of 30,000 new downloads every day. Not bad for an ad supported web browser.
However, with the $10 million investment, things are about to change as the latest version of such web browser is now ads free and no longer requires users to pay $4.99 for the “premium” version.
Good news for all the 64 bit software fans.
According to Armen Zambrano, the Release Engineer at Mozilla Corporation, with the introduction of a small set of Windows 2008 64-bit machines, Mozilla started cooking Firefox x86-64 nightly builds and has been doing so for more than a week now.
Furthermore, Asa Dotzler, Product Manager for the Firefox desktop browser, is now collecting feedback and expectations about the future 64 bit builds. In case you are interested in expressing your opinion as well, feel free to visit the following post.
The future looks pretty exciting and we can’t wait to see which of the web browser vendors is next.
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