We already said in our Windows Phone 8.1 review that the OS feels smoother than its predecessor, but is it really? Well we’ve decided to run some benchmark tests and see how the new OS performs under pressure. Microsoft has done quite a few optimizations for sure, so we are eager to see how the update is handled by different phones.
We had three Lumia phones around for our tests – Lumia 720, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. We rаn each benchmark on Windows Phone 8 with GDR3 and Nokia Black updates, and then we’ve updated all three devices to the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer’s Preview. Read more »
Google has released a new version of the Chrome Beta browser for Android (v35.0.1916.34). Chief among the new features is a handy undo function for closed tabs. If you ever find yourself accidentally closing a tab, you will get an undo button at the bottom of the screen, which will quickly reopen the tab. If you keep pressing it, the app will keep reopening previously closed tabs.
Another change is to fullscreen video playback within the browser. The controls for fullscreen video have now been revamped and instead of the large playback control overlay at the bottom you just get a longer version of the standard controls in fullscreen mode. Read more »
Mozilla’s getting a new CEO: Brendan Eich.
He’s replacing Gary Kovacs, who announced that he would be stepping down about a year ago. Hit the jump to find out what Eich’s vision for Mozilla is, now that he’s calling the shots. Read more »
If you have an Android phone, you’ve been able to use Google Now for quite some time.
Well now anyone with chrome installed on their computer can enjoy Google Now, as big G just rolled it out for Chrome. Read more »
Both Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 have gained some market share.
Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 are still ruling the OS and Browser roosts at 47.31% and 21.73% respectively. Join us after the jump for a more in-depth breakdown of the numbers. Read more »
A few months back, Google had released an extension for Chrome that would allow you to use search simply by using your voice and saying the phrase “Ok Google”. Now, that functionality is being built-in to the browser and is available first through the new beta.
If you install or update to the latest Chrome beta, you will be able to do a voice search from the Google homepage or from the new tab page. You can use it the same way you’d use it on your Android phone, by starting with “Okay Google” and then saying your query. You can also use it to set a timer or a reminder. Read more »
Opera has been hard at work with carriers to make mobile internet more affordable than ever, and their latest Web Pass service is the latest product of that endeavor.
The service lets operators package mobile internet offerings that allow you to browse the web on a 3G network limited by time, content, or both. Read more »
Mozilla has announced plans on further monetizing the Firefox desktop browser, and this involves adding sponsored content through a feature called Directory Tiles. This feature will suggest sponsored content to new users after they install the browser.
Currently, the new tab page on a freshly installed Firefox shows blank tiles on the New Tab page (as seen above), which eventually get populated by your frequently browsed websites. What Directory Tiles will do is instead of showing blank tiles, it will show you content from Mozilla ecosystem, popular websites from your geographic location and sponsored content from selected Mozilla partners. The sponsored content will be explicitly marked as such so you know what you’re clicking on. Read more »
Today Mozilla unveiled its new launcher aimed at helping you find new apps, as well as those you may have downloaded but forgotten about.
Aptly named Firefox Launcher after the company’s popular web browser, the new homescreen replacement designed in conjunction with contextual computing startup EverythingMe highlights apps you may want based on your usage. Read more »
Google Now has finally made its way onto Chrome Canary, which is Chrome’s beta channel. The feature has been in the works since March last year and now its ready to be widely tested by Canary users.
The feature is available in version 34.0.1788.0 of Canary for Windows and Mac. After enabling it, you’ll see a Chrome notification icon in the status bar – clicking it pops up your Google Now cards. Naturally, you’ll have to be logged in your Google account in order to get it to work. Read more »
Google will be updating its Chrome browser for iOS devices. The latest iteration of the browser will bring a few new features: Safe Browsing, data compression, and auto-translation.
Here’s a snippet straight from big G about the new data compression feature: Read more »
Google has released a new version of Chrome (32.0.1700.76) for Windows, OS X and Linux that brings with it some useful new features, such as showing activity of multimedia status on tabs, supervised users and special mode for Windows 8.1.
We often have dozens of tabs open on your browser and then one of them starts playing a sound and we have no idea which one is responsible for it. With the latest update, Chrome will now show a speaker icon on any tab that is currently playing a sound, so you know where to go to mute that annoying sound. It will also show a red dot if a tab is using your webcam and a blue rectangle if a tab is casting to your TV connected to a Chromecast. Read more »
According to the latest browser usage data from NetApplications, Internet Explorer 11 has tripled its market share from 3.27% to 10.42%. This brings the total Internet Explorer market share to 57.91%, which is 0.45 percentage points less than what it was in the month of November.
Internet Explorer 11′s growth is at the cost of IE 10 and IE9′s and the fact that IE10 introduced automatic updates. As a result, Internet Explorer’s usage is down by 6.45 percentage points to 11.05%. Read more »
Yesterday Mozilla launched Firefox 26 for Android bringing the now stable features of the previous Beta release of the popular browser.
Some of the main features in the latest build of the mobile browser include a revamped about:home page with a streamlined view of the Top Sites list. Users can now also pin their favorite sites to the start screen as well. Read more »
Google has released a new extension for Chrome that will allow you to do searches within the browser using just your voice. Although voice search option has been available in Chrome for a while now, it required manually clicking on a button to activate it.
Now, using this extension, you can just say “Ok, Google” and the browser will automatically go into voice search mode, after which you can speak the rest of your query. This feature works as long as you are on the Google homepage or on a new Tab page. Read more »