February, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Chrome – Down
It’s that time of the month again where we take a look at the latest market share trends for the mobile web browsers.
No one cared about Safari.
With the Pwn2Own hacking contest coming to an end, it was revealed that every major web browser was hacked.
Google Chrome exploit allowed for a full breakout from its invincible sandbox resulting in a $100,000 reward, while both Firefox and Internet Explorer were exploited by a security firm VUPEN, resulting in a total of $160,000 in bounty payments ($60,000 and $100,000 respectively).
What about Safari? As it turns out, no one even pre-registered for Apple’s web browser this year despite the $75,000 prize.
Brings improved search and sharing.
Earlier this month, we reported about the new Chrome update for Android, which aims to boost the performance and improve the overall responsiveness.
Now, Google has revealed a new build for the iPad and iPhone too and it brings a pleasant change: instead of showing a cluttered URL bar when searching for all kinds of crazy things, Chrome will now display your keyword instead (see screenshot below).
It looks like the browser ballot saga has yet to end as according to the latest report by Financial Times, Opera and Google are the companies that “informally provided the tip-off”, leading to the €561 million fine.
Following yesterday’s EU statement, Opera said that it was “happy to see that the Commission is enforcing compliance with the commitment, which is critical to ensuring a genuine choice among web browsers for consumers.” While Google refused to comment on the rulling.
Just a fraction of rumored $7.4 billion.
Now here is something that will finally come to an end, according to Europa Press, Microsoft was fined $731 million by EU for breaking the browser ballot agreement that was signed back in 2009.
The good news, at least for Microsoft, is that the fine is far smaller than some might have expected as it was supposed to be as high as $7.4 billion or a 10% of the annual turnover. According to a report, one of the main catalysts behind what it seems to be a small fine was a cooperation from Microsoft.
With Opera Turbo rebranded as “Off-Road Mode”.
It looks like Opera Ice was simply a codename, as Norwegian browser maker has just announced the availability of its WebKit based web browser for Android. So how is it called? Opera Browser (Beta).
As we have seen in previous official and unofficial videos, Opera with WebKit brings a new take on the user interface, news reader, download manager and a private browsing mode (you know, for buying gifts).
IE hate, you can never have too much of it.
Opera Turbo and Amazon Silk to lose another selling point.
Now here is an interesting peace of information for you. According to Engadget, Google is working on a new way to compress web data and optimize page loading times, thanks to its SPDY proxy servers.
Grab it now.
After a beta build push earlier this year, Google has recently announced the availability of the Google Chrome 25 Stable for Android.
Unlike with desktop builds (where new features are always on demand), Chrome for Android has put a huge emphasis on one of the most important aspects for any mobile web browsers: performance.