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.
Grab it now.
If developer builds is not exactly your cup of tea then you’d be happy to know that Opera has recently released the final version of Opera 16, which (among various bug fixes and performance improvements) includes a couple of nice features to play with.
First in the list is a support for Geolocation API, allowing web sites to track your location if required. In addition to that, opera:flags option is now back, so are jump lists and most importantly, the form auto-filler (yay!).
Grab it now.
If you are up for some bug hunting or just want to use the latest and (likely) the greatest builds, then Firefox Nightly for Android is a good candidate to consider, especially after the recent UI update, which, according to Lucas Rocha, the UI engineer at Mozilla, is “the biggest UI change in Firefox for Android” since 2012.
Starting with Firefox 26, Awesomescreen (a place where your bookmarks and history show up when you tap on the URL bar) and Start Page will be merged together, as a result, all your data (such as history, bookmarks, most viewed sites, etc.) are now aggregated in one place.
Here comes another batch of releases from Google for both Android and the PC.
Starting with Chrome 30, users will be able to search by image faster, simply right click on it (or long press if using Android) and the option will appear. While you can always just go to images.google.com, not many people are aware of this feature, which is pretty awesome when you need the biggest version of the image or simply trying to identify the original source and/or the “actress” (yes, it works with GIFs too).
Here’s how it looks like:
Nothing for iOS yet.
Now here’s a trend that seems to have originated from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer: simultaneous browser releases for both PC and mobile platforms.
Recently, Google has pushed Chrome 29 to its stable channel and here’s what’s new: For the PC version, you will see suggestion improvements that will be based on the recently visited web sites. In addition that that, Google has added an option to reset your browser settings to default (without losing important data) and rich notifications for the Mac users.
And hide watched videos.
Following the recent YouTube Subscriptions Page redesign (which is a complete mess), here’s something to make it useful again. Not only will you be able to navigate efficiently but get watched videos functionality back.