April, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini – Up; Safari, Android Browser, Internet Explorer – Down
It’s the middle of May as we dig into the previous month’s mobile market share data.
Kicking things off with Safari, Apple’s web browser has seen a decrease of 2.14 points, from 53.91% to 51.77%.
For those relying on the final browser builds rather than playing with betas and alphas, here comes the stable release of Opera 21.
One of the key features of Opera 21 is the inclusion of Aura, which, as we mentioned earlier is the UI stack developed by Google that utilizes GPU whenever possible, increasing performance and so on.
Nothing high end yet.
During yesterday’s event in San Francisco, Intel, Google and OEMs (Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba) have announced a new lineup of Chromebooks, in shapes, sizes and colors.
ASUS will be releasing two new laptops: the ASUS C200 Chromebook (11-inch) and ASUS C300 Chromebook (13-inch) that are set to replace their currently the number one laptop on Amazon.
With some Bing improvements.
Now here’s something odd yet good for those that have set Bing as a default search engine. According to Francois Beaufort, the latest version of Chrome Canary includes a pretty subtle yet neat change.
From now on, if you set Bing as your default search provider, the pre-release build of Chrome instead of displaying a grid of used pages, will display full Bing.com front page with daily photo and all the other Microsoft goodies.
Manages to surprise everyone as well.
After a recent discovery of Internet Explorer vulnerability, where attackers could take over your PC and install malicious software, the software giant has finally released a set of updates to address the overblown issue.
Simultaneous releases is a way to go.
Following the desktop release, Mozilla has also released the final version of Firefox 29 for Android, which brings some neat changes.
So what’s new? First in the list is ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account. Users will also get search suggestions for Bing when it’s set as a default search engine. As far as other changes go, there’s a better integration for Open Web Apps, multiple quick share buttons and more.
With refreshed UI and more.
At last, a new browser release and this time it’s Firefox 29 for PC, which Mozilla calls “the most customizable Firefox ever”. Why? Well, after months of waiting, the open source organization has finally delivered a refreshed UI, which borrows heavily from Google Chrome.
To get a better idea on what does it look like, check the video below.
Why would you use XP anyway?
Due to a recently discovered Internet Explorer (6-11) vulnerability, which will likely be patched soon for all but Windows XP users, UK and US governments are advising users to switch to alternative web browsers.
Security firm FireEye have warned users that a group of hackers are already exploiting the vulnerability targeting Internet Explorer 9-11 and Adobe Flash, so in any case, you are better of using something else.
If you ever wanted to know what does the Japanese text say on that meme image then your dreams are about to become reality.
Thanks to some kick ass algorithms from Microsoft Research (text detection) and Google’s open source OCR engine Tesseract, a new Google Chrome extension called Project Naptha can be used to select, copy, edit or even translate the text from all kinds of images; the only limitation? Text must be under 30 degrees of rotation, which is not that big of a deal at all.
If you’ve been rocking Opera 12.x (myself included) and see no need to upgrade till a proper replacement is introduced then today you have a reason to celebrate. How so? Well, there is a new (and probably) last update in town, which fixes two security issues.