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Nokia releases Xpress for Lumia browser, compresses data by up to 90 percent

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Nokia has released the beta version of a new browser called Xpress for Lumia that is based on the same principle as the browser on their Asha phones, which itself was based on the Opera Mini.

The Nokia Xpress for Lumia browser is designed exclusively for Nokia Lumia phones and claims to compress data by up to 90 percent, saving your data, time and money. Read more »

Opera releases developer-focused Opera 12.10 beta

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The latest beta build of Opera’s browser is now available for download.

Version 12.10 brings a improved API support, SPDY support, touch optimization for the upcoming Windows 8 and Retina, Notification Center and sharing to social networks in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Read more »

Google updates Chrome for desktop and Android

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Google has released updates for Chrome across the board with a new version for Windows, OS X and Android respectively. On the desktop, Chrome, now updated to v22, gains the Mouse Lock API, which lets you play games inside the browser window without having to worry about the mouse pointer escaping the window or bumping into the sides. Basically the pointer will be locked to the window of the browser. You can try it out with this demo.

Other changes include additional enhancements for the upcoming Windows 8 and improvements for HiDPI or Retina display users on the new MacBook Pro. Read more »

iOS users more likely to use 3rd party browsers than Android users

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The browser war on the desktop is very heated, but in the mobile space things are pretty calm – the overwhelming majority of Android and iOS users use the default browser on their device.

Here’s something you might not have expected though – Chitika, an ad network and data analytics firm, found out that iOS users are more likely to install and use a 3rd party browser than Android users. Read more »

Firefox 15 for desktop and Android released

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Mozilla has released yet another update for the Firefox browser for the desktop as well as for Android. The major change in the desktop browser is that it now supports silent, background updates, which means just like Chrome, Firefox will now download the latest updates in the background and install them without any user intervention.

The Android version, on the other hand, brings an optimized UI for tablets. Read more »

Chrome for iOS gets updated, adds sharing options

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Google has released an update to the Chrome browser for iOS, which brings it to version 21.0.1180.77. The major change in this update is the inclusion of sharing option. Now you can tap the Share button in the drop down menu on the top right and it will give you options to share the page on Google+, email, Facebook and Twitter.

For email and Twitter the app pops up the built-in editing box and for Google+ and Facebook it launches the respective applications, if they are installed on the device. Otherwise it takes you to the App Store page to download them. Read more »

Dolphin Browser for Android undergoes an update, shakes off the HD part of its name

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Dolphin Browser HD, as it was formerly known, is now called just Dolphin Browser.

Responsible for the change is the new update 8.7 of the app, which doesn’t only alter the popular Android web browser’s name, but brings quite a few new features to the table. Read more »

Latest Google Chrome update brings Retina display support on OS X, webcam support for everyone

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Google has released the latest version of the desktop Chrome browser, which brings it to version 21.0.1180.60. One of the two important features is the support for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro. This feature was so far available on the beta version but now those who use the stable release can take advantage of it as well.

Another feature that was only available on the beta version before is support for a camera and microphone. Now thanks to addition of the getUserMedia API, websites will finally have access to your webcam (if you allow them), which will let you use services like Webcam Toy, Magic Xylophone and Sketchbots, to name a few. Read more »

Safari for Windows goes AWOL, probably discontinued

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Soon after Apple released Mountain Lion upon the world, a little known software called Safari for Windows disappeared from the face of the Earth. Or to be more precise, from Apple’s website.

Although not a particularly popular browser, Safari for Windows has existed for quite a while now. That is until yesterday, when Apple just removed any trace of it from their website. Read more »

Here are the most popular mobile devices on the GSMArena.com mobile version

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Just over 6 months ago we launched the mobile version of our website, hoping to make our articles and database even more accessible to those of you who browse through their smartphones. The feedback we got back there was great and we are pleased to say that it has been pretty smooth sailing ever since.

Virtually all of you opt to stick to the mobile version, when visiting our website from your mobile phone (tablets get the desktop version by default). That alone confirms that our coders and designers did a great job and the mobile GSMArena.com is serving its purpose well.

We also thought that you might be interested (we certainly were) to see what mobile devices are used most frequently for accessing our site. That’s why we turned to Google Analytics, who were kind enough to provide the statistics for us. Read more »

Chrome 20 is available for download, fixes MacBook kernel panics and offers 64-bit Linux Flash support

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Google has released Chrome 20 for download hours after the end of the Day 2 keynote at Google I/O.

The new version of the Webkit browser comes with ‘hundreds of bugs’ fixed and updated HTML5 and JavaScript support. Additionally, a bug resulting in kernel panic on Macbooks carrying Intel HD 4000 videocards has been fixed as well. Read more »

Mozilla updates Firefox Beta for Android, bugs get squashed and stability is improved

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No, this is not the big announcement Mozilla will be making at tomorrow’s Google I/O, although judging by the new features, it easily might have been.

Instead, Mozilla has ditched the Beta and launched v.14.0 of its native Firefox browser for Android. Just as usual, some bugs are squashed and stability is improved, but most notably, the look of the browser UI has changed. Read more »

Mozilla prepares ‘something BIG’ for Firefox on Android next week

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Mozilla is cooking something big, according to their Twitter teasing a major Firefox update on Android. At least that’s what it looks like.

There are virtually no indications on what the ‘something BIG’ part might be, but judging from the not so many Firefox goodies the browser has seen on Android, it’s safe to assume the announcement is in this ballpark.

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Dolphin Browser HD beta for Android released with new Dolphin Engine, we pit it against its rivals

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Dolphin has released a new version of its popular Dolphin Browser HD for Android. The browser, currently in beta state and available only from the official website, uses a new version of the Dolphin Engine, which it claims makes it the highest performing HTML5 browser available today, not just on mobile but on any platform.

Its main claim to fame is the absurdly high HTML5 test score, where it scores an astounding 450 points (plus 3 bonus points), more than any other browser that is currently available, including those on desktop. Dolphin says it has paid special attention to canvas elements, 2D context and text rendering and that the Dolphin Engine made significant GPU technology improvements around GPU accelerated canvas rendering and optimized CPU / GPU parallel computing. Read more »

Mozilla Junior prototype re-imagines the browser interface on the iPad

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Mozilla are always toying with new designs for a web browser – their latest effort is called ‘Junior’ and is a browser prototype for the iPad with a design that’s a clean break from the standard Safari browser.

Mozilla created Junior because even though, according to them, the iPad offers the best browsing experience on a tablet, it’s still “miserable”. Read more »