Dumbed down meets intuitive?
If you’ve been looking for a yet another iPad web browser then Coast by Opera might as well be something to consider. Designed specifically for touch, it aims to replace constant tapping on the screen with swipe gestures. The problem (as with the majority of such UI’s) is that these so called “intuitive” gestures are hard to figure out.
Tablets to come with Maxthon Browser pre-loaded as well.
It looks like Maxthon has scored a pretty major deal with MediaTek, the third largest supplier of chipsets used in Android smartphones and tablets. According to the press release, Maxthon will be preloaded in over 100 million smartphones in 2014 and an unknown amount of tablets.
These pre-installs won’t come just from some unknown OEMs as MediaTek is supplying goods for companies like LG and ZTE.
Calls it “a new breed”.
It looks like Google has been cooking something special for its 5th birthday and no, it’s not a cake. Turns out, the search giant has been working on a next generation of Chrome apps that are set to rival those of Windows and Mac.
Not only will they work offline but those apps behave like any native app on other operating systems, meaning that they can access pretty much any part of your computer hardware, including storage, ports and Bluetooth connection.
If you are a developer that looks to get his (or her) hands on a device running Firefox OS, then the latest initiative from Mozilla might very well offer just that.
In short, Mozilla is offering devices to the developers that are interested in porting or testing the existing HTML5 apps. On a site note, you must get job done till the end of September and October, which is weeks away. In any case, head over to the following page for the registration form and guidelines.
August, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome – Down
Another month and another gain for Internet Explorer, up by 0.99 point, from 56.61% to 57.60%.
August, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome – Up; Safari, Opera Mini, BlackBerry – Down
It’s autumn already as we take a look at what have had happened at the last month of summer.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser saw a pretty big dip, down from 58.75% to 55.46% (3.29 points decrease).
No cake for you.
If you need an excuse to start drinking on Monday mornings, then we are about to give you two.
As it turns out, Opera Software, which was founded on August 30, 1995, has recently celebrated its 18th birthday, making it one of the oldest browser makers in the world (fun fact: Internet Explorer 1 debuted on August 16, 1995).
Suggests installing as many extensions as possible.
If you’re one of the people who’ve delayed their upgrade plans from Opera 12 because of the missing bookmark functionality, then you are up for a disappointment.
According to the latest blog post (and comments by Odin Hørthe Omdal), you shouldn’t expect native bookmark functionality in the near feature as Opera’s first priority is the quick access bar. Instead, they suggest relying on the third party extensions, which doesn’t sound like a good idea.
December 10th is the date.
It looks like Windows 8 users will finally be able to enjoy a touch friendly version of Firefox (for Modern UI) on their PCs and/or handhelds.
According to Mozilla’s roadmap, Firefox 26 will include a “Metro Preview Release” build, which will be pushed to Aurora channel on September 16 and Beta channel on October 28. Lastly, if will be released on December 10 with Firefox 26.
Good news for consumers and bad for advertisers, Adblock Plus for Internet Explorer has been recently released to the web, which is even compatible with Internet Explorer 6 (and above).
While Wladimir Palant, the lead developer of Adblock Plus said that there is still much room for improvement, the current version has reached a point where it provides a solid enough experience to justify the release.
However, it should be noted that due to various limitations imposed by Microsoft, the Metro version of Internet Explorer does not support AdBlock Plus.