Consumer is the winner.
Even though Chromebooks prices aren’t that big of a deal anyway (unless you are buying Chromebook Pixel), it looks like you might be able to get one even cheaper in the future.
Recently, MediaTek made some code contributions to the Chromium OS and tested an entry level ARM Cortex A7 processor, which is a big step down compared to the already inexpensive, Samsung Cortex A14/A7 SoC.
Brings ZTE P80 phone support and few goodies for BB users.
If you are still rocking any of the older phones then good news, a new update for Opera Mini has been just released and is now available for download at m.opera.com
What’s new? Here’s a full list of reported changes (not a lot but still better than nothing):
Freedom of ads.
After it was reported that Google is paying AdBlock to whitelist their ads, it looks like German media houses decided to take a different approach.
According to Spiegel, the RTL Group and ProSiebenSat.1 Media of Germany have filled a lawsuit in the Munich District Court against Eyeo, the company behind AdBlock Plus. In addition to that, other companies like Focus Online and Chip Online are considering whether or not they should do the same.
Good news for all you Chromecast users out there, the upcoming app update (version 1.7) will allow you to mirror your Android device to the TV! All you have to do is select “Cast Screen” in the app menu and select the Chromecast device.
Which means that you can now share anything on your TV, including photos, maps, the possibilities are endless.
If you got about an hour to spare then Opera has recently posted a Google Hangouts video with Opera Max lead Sergey Lossev, where he answers questions covering the future plans, and so on.
WebVR API it is.
Earlier this year, Mozilla has announced its plans to support the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and now it looks like Google is too joining the party.
As revealed by Brandon Jones, the search giant has created the experimental branch that have WebVR support enabled, which would allow developers to utilize APIs and create appropriate content for the Oculus Rift users. On a slightly negative note, various WebVR features won’t be added to the other builds of Chrome until the API matures a bit.
Wants to attract more customers by lowering the price.
If the budget computer is what you’ve been looking for then you’ll be happy to learn about the latest HP Chromebook attempt to lure in more people into purchasing one, which is exactly they are doing right now. How so? The company has introduced new and colorful Chromebook models with the same internals as Chromebook 11 yet at a lower price point, which starts at $279 for an 11 inch model.
June, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome – Up; Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
And now we do the desktop.
Starting with Internet Explorer, it looks like Microsoft’s web browser has finally regained what it has lost last year, up from 58.17% to 58.38 (0.21 point increase).
June, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, it looks like Apple’s web browser is now in a downtrend as we see another drop, from 48.72% to 46.07% (2.65 points decrease).
If you are not sure which of the two Opera browsers to use on your iOS device (Coast or Mobile) then add a third one to the mix.
Released earlier this month, a new version of Opera Mini offers a complete overhaul in user design and features such as ability to choose compression mode (Opera Turbo, providing with a full web experience while still saving you data, giving you up to 50% more sites to browse while classical Opera Mini mode offers up to 90% data savings).