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    Delivering apps as web services, rather than natively-packaged code, can have a lot of appeal to developers: it can streamline distribution (including that of updates), allow you to reach users across platform boundaries, and speed development time. That's not to say that web apps aren't without their own set of problems, and one such issue has concerned just how we interact with these apps on our smartphones: sure, we can pin a bookmark to a web app on our home screen, but then what about the app drawer? And how would the web app look when we're trying to switch between open apps? Last ...

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    Is there room for another mobile web browser on the scene? Opera thinks so, and it's adding a new one to its existing offerings, with the launch of Opera Ice planned for next month. The WebKit-based Opera Ice is all about embracing touchscreen control. This means ditching buttons and menus and putting a new focus on gesture interactions. Instead of tabs and bookmarks, graphical icons will represent web pages you can move between. Navigating forwards and backwards through pages you've already visited will be all gesture-based. The first Opera Ice releases will be for Android and iOS, both ...

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    Last week, we talked about the Intel chips that have been showing up in smartphones as of late, most recently and notably in the Motorola RAZR i. While these chips have very good compatibility with apps designed for ARM SoCs, largely not requiring developers to make any adjustments, there have been some issues running existing code. One of the most high-profile apps to run into these kind of problems was Google's Chrome browser. Luckily for anyone interested in a phone running one of these chips, Google's come through with a quick fix, releasing a new version of Chrome that no longer ...

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    Google's Chrome browser for Android has been burning up the scene since it debuted in early February, fast becoming one of our favorite browsers on the platform. With it finally leaving beta status this week, and becoming the default browser in Jelly Bean, Chrome's mobile future has never looked brighter. As if all that wasn't enough great Chrome news, now Google's revealed that the browser is also making its way to iOS, with a version for the iPad and iPhone coming out today. Full details on the release should be available shortly, and for now all we know is that these iOS versions should ...

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    I've been putting the Samsung Galaxy S III through its paces recently, which means I've been treated to the glorious expanse of its 4.8" Super AMOLED panel every time I've checked my email, sent a text message, or watched a YouTube video over the past few weeks. Just a year ago, a display of that size on a smartphone would have been considered gigantic beyond belief. In fact, the Samsung Infuse 4G boggled my mind with its 4.5-inch display when I stopped by an AT&T store around this time last year (I was there to pick up an HP Veer, so the size shock was especially apparent). Sure, ...

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    I'm not just Joe the Android Guy, I'm also Joe the Web Guy: during the day I write web pages for a local company. I've been in web development since 1994 and have seen a lot come and go. The biggest differences I've seen have been centered around web browsers. Back in the mid- to late-90's browsers had radically different features and functionalities. Developers had to write their code for one browser or the other, or put in a lot more work to make things "pixel perfect" across the two biggies: Internet Explorer and Netscape. History Netscape lost that battle, but before they died they ...

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    Over the years, we've heard many mobile browsers make the claim of being the fastest around, rendering even complicated web pages in a flash. Of course, these things never seem to last long, and there's always someone else coming out with the latest version of their own browser and making new claims of superior performance. The latest to vie for the top spot is Dolphin, with the beta release of its new Dolphin Engine. Just how much faster is the Dolphin Engine? Check out the video below, where Dolphin shows off its own browser in a head-to-head match against the competition. It becomes ...

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    Mozilla's been working for months on a major re-tooling of Firefox for Android, replacing the XUL-based interface that the browser had been using with native Android elements, hoping to improve app performance. Back when it discussed this project in October of last year, Mozilla revealed this to be more of a long-term goal, and didn't intend on having it take over the main release until sometime this year. Since then, it's been cranking-out builds of the new version for interested testers to check out, but continued with XUL for both the primary and beta versions available in the Google ...

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    Google's earned itself a bit of a reputation for getting started with big projects but then taking forever to see them through to a finished state. You need look no further than Gmail, which despite first entering testing in 2004, didn't abandon its "beta" tag for another five years. It seems that Google has found new motivation to get projects out of beta since that time; Chrome for Android had its first beta release less than three months ago, and Google is reportedly nearly prepared to strike down this "beta" label, as well. Sundar Pichai, Google's Senior Vice President of Chrome and ...

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    Google gave Android users a powerful new browser option earlier this year when it ported Chrome over to run on Ice Cream Sandwich. The app made a strong first impression, and we've heard from Google about some of the company's plans for future releases of the software. A newly-available update starts delivering on the company's promises, adding a desktop mode in addition to a bunch of other usability improvements. We first heard Google talk about adding a desktop mode to Chrome just about two months ago. With the release of this new Chrome 0.18.4409.2396 beta, the app can now masquerade as ...

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    Owners of BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet got their eagerly awaited update to PlayBook OS 2.0 last month, bringing with it, among other features, support for compatible Android apps through its Android Player. The process by which you can run those apps take a tiny bit of effort, requiring the developer to re-package his or her release for the BlackBerry, but it's certainly preferable to re-coding a port, or just not reaching BlackBerry users with Android apps at all. One of the latest developers to embrace the Android Player on the PlayBook is MoboTap, the team behind the Dolphin Browser, ...

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    We've talked before about some of the tools Google has made available in order to help bridge the gap between the time you spend working on your computer and time spent on your smartphone. There's stuff like Chrome to Phone, for example, which lets you access information your pulled-up while browsing from your PC while later on a mobile device. Today the company has a tweak along those lines to introduce to its mobile site, letting you easily access information on places you've researched from your smartphone. If you've got Google's Web History enabled, letting it keep track of your ...

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    Dolphin Browser HD continues to try and attract new users by offering unique features you might not get on the other major browsers. Lately it had been promoting its Webzine layout, but enthusiasm towards the option may have soured in the wake of news of privacy concerns. Today, though, the browser gets a new stand-out feature with the arrival of Dolphin Browser 7.4 and its Sonar voice commands. Dolphin uses the standard Google speech-to-text interface for actually interpreting your voice, so the special thing about Sonar is how it reacts to your commands. Dolphin's configured ...

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    While we may think of the web browsers that accompany the major smartphone operating systems as wholly distinct entities, many of them share common elements. At the heart of mobile Safari, the Android browser, and RIM's browser for the PlayBook is some code known as WebKit. Browsers heavily rely on WebKit to handle page layout when rendering content to the screen. Unfortunately, that may mean that an unusually large fraction of smartphones are vulnerable to a newly-discovered exploit. The news comes courtesy of security firm CrowdStrike, which intends to make a presentation on the ...

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    The newly-released Chrome for Android is already a fast, capable browser, even if it is technically still a beta release. After launching earlier this month, the browser now finds itself on the receiving end of a new update, but Google hasn't published any changelog to accompany it. Just what's new in the latest version of Chrome? Probably the most noticeable change to occur in this update has to do with browser speed and responsiveness. The web-browsing experience should altogether feel a bit smoother, and benchmarks confirm the improvement. Chrome should also start demonstrating smarter ...

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