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    Windows users have been looking forward to Microsoft's Project Spartan for months, the company's break away from Internet Explorer as it prepares a new browser experience that will be integral to Windows 10. Previews landed last month for the PC, and earlier this month for phones. But for all Microsoft's told us about Spartan, we've known that at least one thing was destined to change prior to the software's final release: its name. At Build 2015 today, Microsoft just introduced us to Spartan as it will arrive in its final form, picking up the name Microsoft Edge. Besides simply announcing ...

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    For PC users, this week marks an important date, as Microsoft's mainstream support for Windows 7 ends. Even with no new features being delivered, security updates for the platform will continue for the next five years – not too shabby, especially for a platform that's already as old as it is. Can smartphone users expect the same kind of support for their mobile operating systems? Not with Google, apparently, as security researchers clash with the company behind Android over willingness to address security holes in widespread, but aging software. The issue at hand is the old Android ...

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    Back in April, I covered Link Bubble, Chris Lacy's third-party Android browser which loads web pages in the background without interrupting whatever it is you were doing when you clicked the link. It's a chat heads-style floating browser that can be tossed aside. You get to choose when you want to read the pages you load, rather than being jerked around between your Twitter client, a feed reader, and your default browser. But even the developer knows Link Bubble isn't ideal for every situation, that not every link should be loaded into a floating bubble that, due to some Android ...

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    For many of us, web browsing is the heart and soul of our mobile usage. Browsing web pages from a coffee shop on your phone or buying something from Amazon while waiting in line are what make modern smartphones so different from their ancestors. Mobile browsing today is not all that bad, fairly enjoyable, and actually pretty efficient. So how do the two most popular mobile platforms compare when it comes to mobile browsing? Ignoring all the third-party options available on both and not considering meaningless benchmarks or page load times, the out-of-the-box browsing experience on Android ...

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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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    About two weeks ago, Google gave Android users a new browser option, introducing the first public beta for the mobile Android edition of its Chrome browser. We've been quite impressed with our experiences using it thus far, but seeing as this is still a very early release, there's plenty of room for the app to grow and change from here. Google's Sundar Pichai, head of all things Chrome, recently sat down to answer some questions about the company's work on the browser, including future developments for the Android version. So far, even with limited availability due to its Ice Cream ...

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    Apple found itself in the hot seat recently after it was discovered that the company had approved apps for sale in its App Store which were capable of secretly reading your phone's contact book and sharing that personal data. The company's damage control for that incident has led to the decision that apps must now formally request permission to access your contacts, hopefully resolving this all. Today the iPhone is back in headlines about privacy issues, but this time it's Google's actions that are under the microscope. Basically, Google's being accused of some possibly shady behavior in ...

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    Smartphone users are probably most familiar with Mozilla for its work on mobile versions of Firefox, but the foundation has much grander ideas in mind for what it could offer mobile devices. We got our first inkling of this project last summer, when Mozilla revealed plans for Boot2Gecko, an ambitious project to offer a new smartphone operating system built on web-based apps. Today we get to see just what the team has been up to for the past seven months, thanks to a whole bunch of new screenshots and some detailed descriptions of how the platform will work. At its heart, Boot2Gecko runs ...

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    The past few weeks have been pretty decent in regards to new versions of mobile browsers; first we saw Firefox move on up to version 10.0 for Android, and then Google really made some noise when it released the first beta of Chrome for the platform. While that time was dominated by releases for Android, today it's time for iOS to get its due, upon news of Dolphin Browser 3.5 for the iPad. This tablet-only edition of Dolphin Browser doesn't make any groundbreaking changes with this new release, but instead features a host of ease-of-use improvements, bugfixes, and boosts to performance. One ...

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    Google gave Android users a new browser option yesterday when it finally released a version of Chrome for smartphones. While it's still considered a beta release, impressions of the browser have thus far been extremely positive. We gave you a quick look at it in action, since not everyone yet has access to the Ice-Cream-Sandwich-running hardware required, taking note of Chrome's impressive tab management. Had our video run a bit longer (quite a bit), though, and we might have run across one of the Easter eggs already discovered for the app. Chrome will keep track of how many tabs you ...

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    When Google delivered a long-overdue update to Chrome to Phone for Android last week, we were glad to see it arrive, but didn't read that much into the action. Perhaps we should have taken it as a sign that Google was starting to get all its ducks in a row when it came to Chrome on the platform, as the company has just now released the first beta version of Chrome to the Android Market. This project has been in the works for some time now, at least as evidenced by the progress documented over at chromium.org since last fall. There are a few restrictions on who can get access to the Chrome ...

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