Android and iOS only.
Now here is something you won’t see every single day. In an effort to stay relevant in the mobile space, it looks like Opera is open to all kinds of crazy ideas and one of them was just revealed. As learned by Pocket-lint, Norwegian browser maker has dropped their own rendering engine (codenamed Presto), which powers a wide range of products (Opera Mobile, Opera Desktop, Opera Mini, Opera Wii Browser and their TV Web Browser), in favor of WebKit, which since became a standard among developers.
Over the WebRTC, which doesn’t seem to be standardized.
Back in 2012, WebRTC, Google’s proposed web standard for audio, video chat and P2P file transfers, has gained a wide acceptance among various web browser vendors, including: Firefox, Opera, Maxthon and Google Chrome. While Apple is yet to implement and comment on WebRTC, Microsoft did raise some concerns and suggested their own web standard. That was back in August.
Meet the ThinkPad X131e.
When Microsoft introduced Surface, people wondered whether or not other manufacturers will “fight back” and start releasing laptops with other operating systems. With Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions being out of the picture, it looks like at least one more manufacturer has solved the issue and is about to enter the Chromebook market: Lenovo.
Targeting students, Google promises a battery that lasts 6.5 hours, which should be more than enough to get you through the day. The hardware itself is far from impressive, it’s the average 11.6 inch laptop with a 1366 x 768 resolution display, Intel’s Core i5 or i7 processor and few ports here and there.
Provides a glimpse into the future.
If you thought that talking to your phone and/or tablet is a bad idea, wait till you read this. As of now, the latest beta build of Google Chrome 25 includes a support for the Web Speech API, which allows developers to integrate voice controls into their web applications.
For example, assuming that voice recognition isn’t that bad, you could “write” an email to your boss without touching a finger.
Good bye, Foxit.
The releases just don’t stop, do they? Recently, Mozilla has pushed a new Firefox build to its beta channel, which will especially benefit those looking to install as few applications as possible.
Aims for broader audience.
Following Google Chrome, Mozilla too has released a new beta version of its Firefox browser for Android, which includes one important change: a broader support for phones with ARMv6 processors.
According to Mozilla, they have reduced the overall app requirements from 800 MHz to 600 MHz, allowing users with handsets like LG Optimus One, HTC Wildfire S and ZTE R750 to test their bellowed web browser.
The first public beta build for Android.
It looks like Google has decided to turbo charge the competition as they just announced the availability of the very first Google Chrome Beta build for Android.
This isn’t just a minor release though, especially since previous build was based on the Google Chrome 18. That’s a pretty significant bump. As far as features go, Google Chrome 25 Beta for Android includes major performance improvements (think 25-30% increase), new HTML5 features (such as CSS Filters) and as you can expect from all Beta builds, some bugs that are yet to be ironed out (see list here).
Devices SDK as well.
To kick off the CES 2013, Opera Software has revealed a new TV app store and framework, allowing users to enjoy a great new selection of HTML5 apps. In an effort to integrate web with TV, Opera has also included a new side by side feature, which enables you to use apps in the context of what you are watching.
What else is new? In addition to the eliminated animations for themes, Firefox 18 also includes tab switchin performance improvements, a support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7, initial support for WebRTC and a new HTML scaling algorithm, which is set to improve the overall image quality.
With all kinds of news flooding the channels, thanks to the CES 2013, TheVerge had a chance to play with a demo unit running what presumably is the latest build of the Firefox OS.
As far as hardware goes, it’s a low end phone with ARMv6 CPU and 256MB of RAM. Interestingly enough, it looks like FF OS will be restricted to the single core 800MHz processors at launch.
And here is the video: