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Chrome for Android update brings fullscreen mode on tablets, translator

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Google has updated the Android version of the Chrome browser with some useful new features. Chrome now has a fullscreen mode on tablets, which means the toolbar on top hides when you scroll down, a feature that was present on smartphones before and is now on tablets as well.

Another useful addition is the translate feature that was present on the desktop version of Chrome. Now if you open a page that is in a different language from your system language, the browser will offer to translate it for you. Read more »

StatCounter: Samsung overtakes Apple in overall web browsing for June 2013

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According to a research conducted by StatCounter, Samsung smartphones have overtaken Apple iPhones and iPod Touches in web browsing for June and now account for 25.5% of worldwide pageviews. Apple is still close behind at 25.1%, though.

The analyst company puts Nokia in third place with a 22% share. StatCounter has been monitoring web usage of smartphone brands across a network of 3 million websites to compile the report. Read more »

Opera for Android updated with new Chromium, video downloads and faster start-up

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Opera for Android, one of most popular third-party browsers for the Google OS has been updated. The latest version of the browser now runs on Chromium 28, which is a lot faster than ever before.

Opera for Android now has an improved start-up time along with improved tab-UI animations. The update also brings a new “open in private tab” context menu and has updated the overall translations. Read more »

Opera 15 goes final, now with WebKit engine

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Opera decided to go with the WebKit rendering engine in its Opera Next browser, acting as a beta, and the time has come for the final version of the browser to go public.

Built from scratch based on Google’s Chromium engine, Opera 15 promises an entirely new experience. There’s the all too familiar Speed Dial for accessing favorite websites as well as new features. One of them is Discover. Read more »

Firefox gets a new logo

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The Mozilla Firefox logo is one of the more recognizable logos around the world, at least to those of us who have been fortunate enough to use a computer. Been around as long as the browser itself, the logo only went through subtle changes since the browser was first released back in 2002.

Mozilla has now revealed what would be the third redesign of the famous logo. One look at the new logo and it’s clear that the designers have gone for a flatter look, as is the current trend in design. Most notably, the high gloss from the globe has been reduced considerably in favor of subtle gradient. The fox also loses the pronounced streaks on the back for a less detailed deep orange surface. Read more »

Safari 7 goes official at WWDC

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Apple announced its OS X Maverick in the on-going WWDC 2013 and the Cupertino gaint has also introduced an improved Safari 7 that now comes with design tweaks, iCloud Keychain, memory, social and general performance improvements.

The Safari 7 will be integrated with the OS X Mavericks and the browser now features an improved reader list. Read more »

Opera Next 15 based on WebKit engine now available for download

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Opera has released the beta version of the next major iteration of their desktop browser, Opera Next 15. By far the biggest change in this update is a switch from Opera’s longstanding rendering engine Presto to the more ubiquitous WebKit based rendering engine.

Other major changes in this version include a completely revamped interface. You’ll notice that the address bar and the search bar have finally been combined into one. The speed dial screen has a new look with support for folders and there are two more tabs for Stash and Discover. Read more »

Google Chrome for Android updated with fullscreen viewing

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Google has updated the Android version of its Chrome browser and has blessed it with a few cool new features and several stability improvements.

Google Chrome for Android now supports fullscreen viewing on your smartphones and you scroll down to hide your toolbar. The update also comes with a simplified search, which allows you to view and refine your queries directly from the omnibox. Read more »

Opera for Android with WebKit engine now out of beta

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Back in March, Opera released a brand new version of the Opera browser for Android. Unlike the previous version that ran on the Presto engine, the new version was running on the more ubiquitous WebKit engine and also brought with it several new features and a new UI.

The browser is now finally out of beta stage and available for download on the Play Store. Read more »

Google conversational search to make its way to Chrome and Chrome OS as Knowledge Graph gets four new languages

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As hinted several times, Google’s popular voice-operated search is making its way to the Chrome browser and Chrome operating system.

The new feature comes with support for Google’s Knowledge Graph for four additional languages, bringing the total up to 13. Read more »

Mozilla announces Firefox 21 with added Social API support for desktops, updates its Android app too

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Mozilla has launched a new version of its Firefox browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. The Mozilla Firefox 21 comes with an added Social API support, which allows the social networks to integrate straight into your browser.

According to Mozilla, the Social API has the potential for integrating social networks, e-mails, finance, music, cloud possibilities, services, to-do lists, sports, news and other applications for your enhanced Firefox experience. Read more »

Google Keep gets its own Chrome app

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After announcing the service last month and releasing an app for Android, Google has now released a web app for Google Chrome.

The Chrome Google Keep app can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store and works like any other Chrome app. Once installed you will see the icon on your homepage and clicking it will launch the Keep pop up window. From here you can create new notes and manage existing ones. Read more »

Chrome for iOS update brings fullscreen mode, wireless printing

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Google has updated the Chrome browser for iOS with a couple of useful new features. The first is a fullscreen mode for the iPhone and iPod touch. This works much the same way as on some other browsers, where the toolbox on top moves out of the screen when you scroll down. Scrolling back up brings it back to the screen.

The second addition is the option to do wireless printing, using either the Google Cloud Print service or Apple’s AirPrint. Lastly, you can now also save any web page as PDF on Google Drive through the browser. Read more »

Firefox, Chrome beta versions updated

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The beta versions of the most popular browsers, Firefox and Chrome have been updated with performance improvements and other tweaks.

Firstly, the Firefox beta of the Android app has been updated with open-source fonts Charis and Open Sans, which replace the default fonts in the browser. The latest addition will give you a clear reading experience and is visually appealing. Read more »

Google announces Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit

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After Samsung, it’s Google’s turn to part ways with the WebKit rendering engine. Google has announced Blink, a new rendering engine based on the existing WebKit.

The WebKit engine has been part of the Chromium project ever since the first Chrome browser was released and has also been the basis of Android’s stock browser. Now, however, Google feels the current WebKit has become too bloated, with several features such as the multi-process architecture being duplicated, since Google has its own version for them. Read more »