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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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    The number of PC users who employ Chrome as their primary browser continues to grow and grow. If you've already made the transition to Chrome, and you use an Android smartphone, there's a good chance you've already tried-out Google's Chrome to Phone app. We talked about the release of this tool all the way back in 2010, and after a lengthy hiatus, Google's back to cranking-out updates for the software. The first in over a year arrives today, fixing bugs and making a few improvements. Chrome to Phone works with the copy of Chrome on your desktop or laptop. We don't always come across ...

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    Just before Christmas, Mozilla delivered an early present in the form of Firefox 9.0 for Android. That release brought with it some improved support for tablet screen layouts, spruced-up the browser's HTML5 support, and included all the latest bugfixes. Mozilla continues with its rapid release strategy today, announcing the arrival of Firefox 10 Mobile. So, what changes can you look forward to in this release? Users of Mozilla's Sync service, letting you coordinate bookmarks between your smartphone and desktop browsers, should find the feature easier to set-up than ever, with a conspicuous ...

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    In some ways, Microsoft's selection of Windows phone apps is reminiscent of the early days of the iPhone. Users who have been on iOS for a while will remember Apple's initial resistance to apps offering users an alternate to Apple's mobile Safari web browser. Apple's since changed course, approving numerous browser alternatives for inclusion in its App Store. While Microsoft, on the other hand, doesn't specifically prohibit alternate browsers, there's quite the dearth of them on the platform. At least, that's the situation unless you're willing to do a little hacking, in which case you can ...

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    It's been about a month-and-a-half since Firefox for Android moved up to version 8.0, bringing with it changes to the app's rendering engine and featuring some new security options. Mozilla's all about maintaining momentum with its browser releases nowadays, so it's no surprise that Firefox 9.0 is already leaving beta, becoming the latest alternate browser option. While there are changes with this release that will benefit smartphone users, the most prominent really focus on the browser's tablet experience, instead. Users of Firefox 9.0 and Android tablets will notice a more optimized ...

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    This time, we take a dive into the software element of the LG Nitro HD. For the most part, we've all become accustomed to see a manufacturer-customized skin on any non-Nexus devices. Of course, the LG Nitro HD is no exception. LG's user interface maintains a resemblance to Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0. This gives the icon a very "iOS" appearance. Some users may like this look and other may not. LG has added a set of quick actions to the pull-down notification bar. This gives users the ability to quickly enable or disable silent mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS connectivity and Airplane Mode. Carrier ...

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    Ever since it adopted a strategy towards rapid releases, Mozilla has been cranking out new versions of Firefox for Android nearly as fast as we can keep up with them. Despite the arrival of all these updates, we've noticed that the feature sets being introduced have seemed a little lackluster, but that's likely a consequence of not waiting around to deliver more infrequent, larger updates containing more content. One feature in particular that we know a lot of you have been waiting for is already starting to arrive, as we've learned that a working version of the browser has been compiled ...

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    Dolphin recently attracted the ire of some of its users when it was discovered that the Dolphin Browser HD had been passing the URL of pretty much every site visited along to the company's servers. Dolphin quickly reacted by explaining the privacy lapse as an innocent oversight - that the company had no ill will and would disable the Webzine feature at fault. With that controversy dying down, the company is moving on forward, and yesterday announced the availability of version 2.0 of the Dolphin Browser for iOS. Like the release of 7.0 for Android, this update adds-in support for Dolphin ...

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