Dec 202012
 

With the launch of Research In Motion’s new BlackBerry 10 devices just over a month away, you can expect the hype and news coverage to grow. RIM has been ramping up the product demos recently and today released a short video demonstration of its BlackBerry 10 browser. Aside from running an HTML5 game very smoothly, the new browser features an interface designed to keep clutter to a minimum. You can now also tag your bookmarks to improve organization.

RIM will unveil BlackBerry 10 and its first two BlackBerry 10 devices (including the BlackBerry Z10?) on January 30th, 2013.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Blog

Jun 282012
 

Google ChromeGoogle yesterday announced that Google for Android was shedding its beta label just in time to make it onto the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Today, Google announced Google Chrome for iOS for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

That means you can enjoy the same speedy and simple Chrome experience across your devices. Also, by signing in to Chrome, you can easily move from your desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet and have all of your stuff with you.

Chrome for iOS is not quite the same as the other versions. Because Apple does not allow third-party engines such as Chrome’s own rendering or JavaScript engines, Google wrapped Chrome around the WebKit engine.

Google Chrome for iOS will work with iOS iOS 4.3 and higher. It will be available later today so keep your eyes open.

Google also announced that Chrome now has 310 million active users, up from 160 million at last year’s I/O.

Read more: Google Official Blog

Jun 232012
 

Mozilla is teasing that some major news for Firefox for Android is coming next week. The tweet reveals little (as any good teaser should), promising only:

#Firefox‬ for ‪#Android‬. Something BIG is coming your way next week.

An attached image adds three more words: “Fast. Smart. Safe.”

Mozilla Firefox for Android teaser

It just so happens that Google I/O is taking place next week so perhaps we’ll find out exactly what Mozilla has in stock for us then.

Read more: Mozilla Firefox (Twitter)

Mar 242012
 

The development of Window Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 is progressing well enough that builds are now being tested and benchmarked. Both operating systems and their respective browsers have popped up on the HTML5 test site and results are promising. The site measures support for the HMTL5 standard and related specifications and both browsers fare well.

HTML5 scores for Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10

Both operating systems handily beat Android (both 2.3 and 4.0). BlackBerry 10 also edges out iOS 5. Windows Phone 8 also shows significant improvement over the current Windows Phone 7.5.

Also on the list is the Intel-backed Tizen operating system which just beats out BlackBerry 10′s browser for the top score so far.

The results also show one very encouraging trend. Mobile browsers are quickly catching up to their desktop counterparts and are ever closer to delivering the same experience.

Read more: The HTML5 test (Source: My Nokia Blog)

Feb 092012
 

Google yesterday introduced Chrome for Android. Currently in beta, it brings Google’s browser to to Android 4.0 phones and tablets.

Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalized web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices.

Chrome for Android is very similar to its PC cousin but features a few differences as well. For example, tabs are implemented slightly differently to make them more suitable to smaller screens. Switching between tabs is done by swiping or flipping as you would with a deck of cards. Selecting links is also easier with Link Preview which zooms in on links to make them easier to select.

Signing into Chrome and Chrome for Android allows you access open tabs, sync bookmarks and share autocomplete suggestions.

Chrome for Android is now available as a beta release from the Android Market. It requires a phone or tablet running Android 4.0.

Read more: Google Mobile Blog

Nov 092011
 

Adobe today announced that it will halt development of Flash Player for mobile browsers and focus more of its effort on HTML5, native apps using Adobe AIR and upcoming versions of Flash Player for PC browsers.

We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations. We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

Adobe still plans to release Flash Player 11.1 for Android and Playbook but only bug fixes and security updates will follow after.

Calling HTML5 “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms,” is a significant about-face for a company that defended Flash for mobile devices for years, especially in the wake of Apple’s decision to stop supporting it in iOS. The move essentially web concedes the standards battle to Apple.

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Oct 032011
 

Google AndroidIt appears that Google is about to bring together two of its biggest projects: the Android operating system and the Chrome browser. According to the Chromium Code website, Google will develop a version of its popular browser for Android (already available for Chrome OS, Windows, Linux and the Mac OS platforms).

Chrome for Android will apparently include most of the features found on its PC counterpart. It should also include the open source Skia 2D graphics library as well as a Java bridge.

The first version of Chrome for Android could be out as early as this month. Google is set to share the stage with Samsung at the latter’s Unpacked event on October 11th and a browser announcement could part of it (perhaps as part of the Ice Cream Sandwich launch?).

Read more about this story via AndroidAndMe.com

Jul 272009
 

Earlier today, Skyfire announced that it was halting its private Alpha program for the BlackBerry. The decision was made after the program was leaked by a participant who was under NDA.

Our intention with this Alpha was to get some early feedback under NDA with a limited number of BlackBerry Bold users – all under NDA during this early dev phase. We know that we have lots more work ahead of us, so we intentionally limited the number of participants as well as the development to the Bold model. Needless to say, this leak was not conducive to the intent of our Alpha.

It appears that the leaked alpha has traveled far already. It was used on Curves, Storms and other BlackBerry models for which this alpha version was not intended.

In a communication to the alpha testers, Skyfire indicated that a new build would be ready in a few weeks. Until then, the servers will be unavailable and the current application will not work.

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Nov 252008
 

Opera

Opera announced today that Opera Mini 4.2 is now available. Aside from the enhancements that mobile phone users will gain from the new release, Opera is also the first company to release a browser alternative for Google’s Android operating system. The latter is still a beta version but this is nonetheless a feather in Opera’s cap. According to Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.:

“With Opera Mini 4.2, we are showing the world that Opera never gets complacent. We will always be improving our product, adding speed, new functionality and features, and ensuring that it is accessible by all. Our support of the Android platform helps fulfill our mission to be available on more platforms, for more devices and reach more users, anywhere in the world.”

Opera Mini 4.2 adds new languages (including Bengali, Mongolian, Punjabi, and others), new skins to personalize your browser, Opera Link support for notes to allow users to sync their notes between the PC and Opera Mini, and improved real time streaming protocol (RTSP) handoff. U.S. users will also see speed improvements of up to 30 percent thanks to the addition of a new Opera Mini server park in the United States.

Opera Mini 4.2 can be downloaded at www.opera.com/mini/ or via the Google Android Marketplace for free.

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Nov 122008
 

Microsoft Windows Mobile

Microsoft announced the availability of emulators and documentation for Internet Explorer Mobile 6 today at the Tech-Ed EMEA conference.

The new version of Internet Explorer Mobile promises to deliver a high-quality browsing experience on your device that more closely resembles a desktop browsing experience. Among the features of the new browser are:

  • Improved fidelity (support for full fidelity desktop rendering)
  • Layout fixes to accommodate a mobile screen (text wrap)
  • Enhanced Script and AJAX support (Jscript v5.7 from Internet Explorer 8)
  • Improved multimedia experience (Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 for Adobe Flash content)
  • Deeper integration with search
  • Enhanced cursor navigation model
  • Touch and gesture support – pan support
  • Multiple zoom levels
  • Easy switching between mobile / desktop versions of sites by specifying UA strings.

There is no formal release date but Microsoft indicates that it will be available soon.

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Jan 282008
 

Skyfire Labs is set to introduce a new Windows Mobile Internet browser that promises to deliver the same browsing experience you have on your PC to your mobile device. Unveiled at the DEMO 08 conference, the browser supports technologies like AJAX and dynamic Flash that give other mobile browsers indigestion.

For the first time ever, you can watch any web video, listen to any web music, stay connected on any social network and browse whatever you want. Anything you can browse from your PC, you can now browse from your mobile phone.

We’re talking about full-featured PC versions of your favorite web sites. Skyfire gives you speedy page loads, full audio, video, images, dynamic Flash content, advanced Ajax, Java and more – just like your PC.

Skyfire works by having servers between its browser and the site that you want to visit. It’s those servers that handle most of the heavy lifting by processing the web pages viewed and streaming the content to the mobile phone browser. Its SmartFit feature reformats pages so that the text is only as wide as the screen of your device when you zoom into a section of the site.

What is not so clear is how Skyfire Labs will make money. In an interview with C-NET, Skyfire indicated that it would look to "monetize user activity". This could mean an ad-supported browser or having Skyfire sell its product either to carriers to bundle on their phones or directly to consumers.

A private beta is currently available to Windows Mobile 5 and 6 phones in the U.S. A public beta should follow shortly. A Symbian phone version, other phone platforms and other countries are also planned but there are no details as to when we can expect to see them.

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