September, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Android Browser – Up; Safari, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
As always, we start with Apple’s Safari, which (after a small bump) continues its downtrend, this time its market share has decreased by 0.44 point, from 45.07% to 44.63%.
Good news for all your Chrome users out there, the search giant has just published build 38.0.2125.101 to the stable channel.
While there are no significant new features among a bunch of new extension APIs and performance / stability improvements, it marks for a pretty important release due to a lot of security related fixes (w whopping 159). In fact, Google has paid a total of $23,000 in bounties, which is a lot!
Samsung Gear S is its name.
Opera Mini, a web browser that is available on a variety of different platforms (including TVs and gaming console(s)) has now conquered another market: smartwatches.
Announced today for the Tizen based Samsung Gear S, Opera Mini 7.5 includes the features that you expect: data savings, Speed Dial, Smart Pages and more.
Now here’s a quick shout out.
After the recent WP 8.1 update and new APIs support, it looks like guys at UCweb.Inc. are working hard on the new version of UC Browser that is only compatible with the recent phone update.
While the current version does not seem to have any new features (or at least nothing has been announced yet), one can speculate what kind of neat new things could the browser do with new APIs that enable to browse the file system and more.
Not anytime soon though.
After ditching its plans to continue the development of 64 bit Firefox builds that would be available to general public, it looks like due to the fear that Microsoft won’t release the 32 bit build of Windows 10, Mozilla has changed its mind again and has now revealed more about its x86-64 plans.
It has since updated the Firefox/win64 page and announced 3 development phases:
Phase 1: Release a separate installer with 64-bit payload. Deliver to users via “what’s new” page. Ensure 64-bit builds are served by default to those who choose to covert to 64-bit. Sans Flash Support. Sans the majority of binary Add-Ons.
More money, more security.
After squashing more than 700 Chrome security bugs and paying a total of $1.25 in rewards, the search giant has decided to encourage hackers even more.
Starting from July 1, 2014 (yes, they are going backwards as a special treat even though they announced it recently), Google is upping the maximum reward range from $5000 to $15,000, which is triple of what they used to pay (although there were always few exceptions such as last month’s $30,000 pay for what they call to be “a very impressive report”.
No Internet Explorer 12 in sight.
With today’s release of Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has also detailed a list of new Internet Explorer 11 features that made it to the build.
So what should you be excited about?
- A support for HTTP/2 networking protocol, which means better performance
- Interoperable Top Level Domain Parsing
It looks like Google won’t be eating the very low end market share lunch all by itself as Microsoft & HP have announced two new Windows models that aim to compete with the Chrome OS.
First is the HP’s Stream laptop, which comes with an 11.6 inch screen, HD display, a fanless design, Office 365 and the 32GB of storage, all for $199 while the HP Stream 13 (an 13.3 inch version) will cost you $229. There is also another, 14 inch version, which is coming later.
Get access right now, sort of.
Good news for all your Photoshop users out there that are considering buying a Chromebook. Why? Well, it looks like the search giant and Adobe have partnered to bring you the streaming version of Photoshop to your Chromebook and they even integrated Google Drive into it!
What’s the catch? Well, as of now it’s for U.S. based Adobe education customers only that have a paid Creative Cloud membership.
With the recent Opera Developer Preview update, Norwegian browser maker has included a neat new feature, which allows you to share your bookmarks with your family or friends. However, unlike regular bookmark sharing, this feature gives you an option to share the whole folder, which you might find useful in certain situations.
However, before updating, keep in mind that there are a couple of known bugs including scrolling performances issues inside internal pages.