July, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Android Browser, Google Chrome – Up; Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
In the least eventful time of the year (summer that is), we got a fresh set of data from Net Applications, which, depending on your browser of choice and fanboyism levels, will either make or break your day.
Makes it Google Chrome exclusive.
It looks like not everyone inside Microsoft hates Google with passion (and vice versa). In fact, someone has decided to favor Chrome over its own Internet Explorer web browser and release an exclusive Yammer app. That Is Yammer anyway? Think of it as a Facebook clone but for corporations, which Microsoft bought last year.
Time to switch or is it?
It’s been a while since the last NSS Labs report and as it turns out, instead of comparing malware block rates like they always do, the guys have decided to do something different: find out which browser has the best built in privacy protection.
As it turns out, Safari and Internet Explorer users are protected better than those of Chrome and Firefox (if we ignore 3rd party extensions and NSA) and here is why:
Lower image quality in a smaller package.
Earlier this year, we posted a handpicked benchmark from Google’s conference, which displayed the advantages of VP9 versus H.264.
Now, the guys at ExtremeTech decided to compare H.265 to H.264 and see what the next generation video is all about. Not only that, but they were kind enough to provide with original PNG images (instead of JPG files that were posted in the article) and here are the results:
Windows 8 users will have to wait.
If you’ve been dying to test drive IE11 but are using Windows 7, then today is your lucky day as Microsoft has just announced the availability of Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Win7.
Just like in Windows 8.1, IE11 offers a variety of new capabilities including natively decoded JPG images in real time (using GPU), which means your laptop’s battery will last longer, pages could load faster and you will have more free memory available for other tasks.
Works on PC, Android and iOS.
In one of the most boring events ever, Google has revealed Chromecast, a streaming device for your TV, which allows you to quickly share your content from your PC, tablet or a smartphone.
In case you have some time to burn or are simply interested in the technology, then in two hours Google will be streaming their Android / Nexus announcement event, which is rumored to have a new set of Nexus devices as well as Android 4.3.
How is this browsers related? Well, assuming it’s a new version of Android, you can always expect some browser related changes too. Not to mention that the guy running Android team is also behind Chromium. So, grab your popcorn and sit tight, the event is about to begin.
Earlier this month, Google has released the Final build of Chrome 28 for its Android platform, now it looks like the search giant is rolling a similar update for iOS, which includes at least few useful features.
First in the list is an experimental data compression service, which has been one of the key selling points for Opera. Next is an ability to open links for YouTube, Maps, Google+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser as well as a full screen support (iPad only).
That’s not all though, if you’ve been using a voice search for more than just impressing your grandparents, then you’ll be happy to know that Google made some enhancements in this area too.