February, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Safari, Apple’s web browser saw a decrease in its market share numbers, down from 54.97% to 53.52% (1.45 decrease).
Do you remember Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project (see video above)? Then you’ll be happy to know that this very same concept has been applied to the web browsing.
Basically, it’s a 3D Browser that displays data across multiple surfaces in your room (adapting to them too) and allowing you to interact using natural user input.
Even though we’ve already reported a majority of the upcoming Internet Explorer 11 Mobile features, it looks like guys at UnleashThePhones have got their hands on the device running one of the WP 8.1 builds.
As you can see in the video above, there’s a setting to remember passwords, adjust reading view font size, a stop / refresh button inside the address bar and more.
Expected in the coming months,
During MWC 2014 conference, Mozilla has announced a number of changes that are coming to its Firefox OS, which are mostly user experience oriented.
For those that want to have the smoothest experience possible, the open source organization rewrote the part of the software that controls panning and scrolling when touch (your finger) is involved. Result? Much more fluid and responsive navigation.
Competes with AVG Family Safety browser.
Even though Windows Phone is a pretty safe and secure OS already, there’s something extra, in case you enjoy browsing shady web sites and need one more layer of protection.
During MWC 2014 Event, Kaspersky has announced Safe Browser, which protects users from malicious and phishing web sites, so yes, just a basic browser with a filter, as simple as that.
Now here’s something pretty awesome.
During MWC 2014 conference, Mozilla has announced a deal with Spreadtrum (a fabless semiconductor), which should bring Firefox OS phone to the masses and emerging markets.
How so? Well, as you might have guessed from the title, one of such devices would only cost $25, thanks to the SC6821 chipset.
If you are hungry for more IE11 Mobile details, which is coming later this year, then good news.
According to latest leaks, among previously reported things, Internet Explorer update will also include:
- Password sync, something users have been requesting for ages
- WebGL, pretty self-explanatory, an API for 2D and 3D rendering
- … and finally, a fix for YouTube videos, allowing you to watch them in either full screen or not without leaving the page (IE10 currently opens a media player once you hit the play button) .
Everyone else will have to wait.
Good news, according to the latest report, Opera Max, the data compression technology for Android devices, will soon be available for Western European users.
If you haven’t heard about Opera Max already, it’s more than just a data saver for your web browser, instead, if compresses all the data: app data, videos, pictures and more.
The power of cloud.
It looks like the war between Microsoft and Google is about to intensify. According to the latest report, the search giant has partnered with VMware to bring traditional desktop applications to Chromebook machines.
While it’s not a native nor ideal solution, VMware’s Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution will give customers a good enough reason to at least consider getting one.
Still has some catching up to do.
It looks like the upcoming version of IE11, which will be delivered later this year once Windows Phone 8.1 hits the streets, will finally deliver some of the basic features that users have been requesting for ages.
As suspected earlier, Internet Explorer 11Mobile will include a tab sync option as well as: