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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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    Right as September was winding-down, Mozilla released a new beta of Firefox for Android, bringing the browser up to version 8.0. If you didn't feel like beta-testing new and yet-unproven features at the time, you might want to take another look at Firefox, as today Mozilla has taken off the beta wrapping and delivered the finalized Firefox 8.0 to the Android Market. The feature set introduced in Firefox 8.0 doesn't include any revolutionary changes, but should offer general performance improvements, and includes a new security management tool that lets you control access to all your saved ...

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    One of the main features of the Dolphin HD alternative browser is its Webzine mode, which presents websites in a format optimized for casual browsing on a mobile device. Recent analysis of information transmitted during browsing sessions has revealed that Webzine may be a privacy liability, sharing details of your session with Dolphin. The company has now responded to the issue; what went wrong, and how has it been fixed? As it turns out, the browser has been passing along the URL for every single page you've visited to one of Dolphin's servers. The company has explained that this was so ...

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    Just over three months ago, Dolphin Browser HD for Android hit version 6.0. Today the next major update is arriving, with the release of Dolphin Browser HD 7.0, exclusively through GetJar. What's new in 7.0? Version 6.0 introduced the Webzine view to the browser, offering a new, casual way to browse web-based articles. That's getting a bunch of improvements in this release, including a smoother interface, a viewing mode switcher for jumping from Webzine to a standard or desktop layout, and a featured Webzine section offering the top 16 most popular destinations for use with the mode. The ...

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    Firefox for Android offers plenty of options that distinguish it from Android's default browser, and with the help of add-ons, that feature list will only grow. There's no denying, though, that there's a tradeoff for all that flexibility, and Firefox just may not feel as spry as other Android browsers. Mozilla has a plan for addressing some of Firefox's performance issues, but there's a price to be paid. The idea centers around the abandonment of the current XUL implementation used to display the app's user interface. XUL is used on Firefox across platforms, resulting in a consistent ...

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    If you're into alternative Android browsers, today is your lucky day. A little earlier, we heard about Bolt leaving private beta, and now Opera has updates to its pair of browsers ready, releasing Opera Mini 6.5 and Opera Mobile 11.5. We discussed Bolt's reliance on developer Bitstream's servers to re-format content for the app, optimizing layouts, re-compressing video, and saving on the amount of data needed to be transferred to your phone. Opera's been playing that same game for years with its Opera Mini browser, and today's updates are focused largely on that same feature set. Saying ...

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    Android Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime may be on hold for the time being, but don't let that disappointment sour you against the rest of the news that's flowing out of CTIA. Before it's over, we're liable to hear about some new phones, new technologies, and new apps. As for that last group, Android will be getting yet another alternate browser for users to consider, thanks to the announcement that the Bolt browser is leaving its private beta and entering the Android Market as version 3.0. Like many mobile browsers, such as Skyfire, Bolt's servers sit between you and the internet, ...

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    Mozilla's strategy towards Firefox Android releases has seen a rapid escalation in its version numbering, hitting 4, 5, and 6 all this year. It's a bit odd to see such a bombastic attitude towards ever-increasing release numbers, especially in the course of the year which saw Android OS numbering creep from just 2.3.1 to 2.3.6. Nevertheless, it's a move that draws the app attention and keeps users interested in staying on top of things. Today, Firefox for Android makes the leap to 7.0, picking up a few new features along the way. The problem with an accelerated numbering schedule is that ...

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    Ice Cream Sandwich is nearly here for Android fans to sink their teeth into, but just where will it fit into the Android release numbering scheme? There's been talk of the operating system as both Android 2.4 and Android 4.0, but we haven't seen confirmation of either. Looking at what meager evidence is available, however, there's a case to be made for Ice Cream Sandwich being Android 4.0 The theory behind this inquiry is that, in the weeks leading up to the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, engineers will be stepping-up their testing. That means, among other things, visiting plenty of ...

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    Opera continues to work on improving its alternate browsers, most recently releasing an update to Opera Mobile for Android containing an assortment of bugfixes and security improvements. Opera Mobile 11.1 update 2 tightens-ups the security of the browser's cache files. Apparently, it had previously been setting reduced permissions that would have let other apps read and modify the cache, creating an avenue for a potential exploit. If things just weren't looking right when you tried Opera Mobile in the past, you might want to check out some of the display-related fixes in this release. ...

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    When the Internet was invented (no, not by Al Gore), unlike traditional data networks which sent data as a contiguous stream, a packet-based delivery system was implemented. Your data, just like an order from Amazon.com, is split into lots of packages, called "packets". These packets are then sent via the fastest route from the source to the destination. Depending on what technology is being used, those packets might be very small, or relatively large, but they're still just a bunch of puzzle pieces that get put back together and turned into anything from a chat conversation, to a movie ...

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    Those of you following the evolution of web browsers already know about the desktop version of Firefox hitting the 6.0 milestone -- ahead of schedule -- last week. Today, some of the same goodness that's packaged inside the desktop version is available in the updated version for Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Firefox version 6.0 includes the following upgrades and enhancements: 1. Higher-quality image rendering and smoother zooming 2. First wave of optimizations for tablets and large-screen devices 3. Improved interaction with touch-optimized sites (e.g Google Maps, games) 4. ...

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    Update: the Market comparison shown here turns out to be the new Google Market skin which, for some unknown reason, appeared on this device out of the box vs the original unboxed device. While Verizon still has some of it's bloatware installed, overall the Droid 3 from Motorola runs smoothly and efficiently. Bing has not been installed by default, and you can even remove some of the 3rd-party default apps. As for Motorola's mini-Blur? It's stable, easy to use, and snappy - which for basic Android users is going to be a big plus. The Motorola Droid 3 is available from Verizon for $199 with ...

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    If you're hurting for Adobe Flash on an iPhone, you may have already checked out Skyfire's browser, which transcodes Flash video on Skyfire's servers before delivering it to you in a format your iPhone can display. What's a Flash fan to do, though, if you'd rather stick with Safari? Skyfire has just the thing for you, revealing its VideoQ app, which divorces Flash video playback from the company's web browser. The way VideoQ works is an interesting approach to the Flash problem, and though it's far from the most convenient solution we can think of, it may be just right for you, depending ...

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    Now that Symbian's days are numbered, RIM is struggling to recover ground with BlackBerry, and webOS continues to search for its audience, we're starting to look at a future where we could really end up in a world with only Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 smartphones to choose from. Some of you may applaud such a development, while others would miss the decline in smartphone diversity. That's just thinking about current mobile operating systems, though; what about future ones becoming new players? One group that could rise to take a share of the smartphone market is Mozilla, which has ...

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    Dolphin Browser HD 5.0 finished up its run as beta and hit the Android Market right at the beginning of June, sporting a new UI and doing away with its advertisements while remaining free. The past months have seen development continue furiously on the app, culminating in the release of Dolphin Browser HD 6.0. DBHD 6.0 now integrates a feature called Webzine, which aims to present sites to you in a way that lets you navigate through them as if they were online magazines. That means breaking a site down into thumbnails for each page, and intuitive gestures for navigating between them. ...

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    Ever since Microsoft's been showing off what Mango will be able to do, it's been promoting the platform's accelerated HTML5 performance. After initially showing-up Apple and the rest of the competition, a new test had Mango dropping beneath iOS 5's performance levels. Running that test multiple times, though, showed inconsistent data, though the numbers did lean towards a slight Microsoft advantage. Now Microsoft's back with a new HTML5 demo, hoping to regain its top spot. At the Worldwide Partners Conference in Los Angeles this week, Microsoft showed off what a BlackBerry Torch, the ...

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    Google may have finally launched a stand-alone Android app for Google Docs this year, but it continues to bring improvements to the mobile browser-based version of the service. Its latest change to the web app adds some new organizational tools and helps you share your docs with others. If you've ever struggled with having too many files to weed through, you'll appreciate the new sort and filter functions. You can organize your list based on when the files were last modified, last viewed, or just go with a standard alphabetical sort. It seems like such a simple feature, sure, but that's ...

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    Research In Motion has a little treat for BlackBerry users, unveiling the newly-redesigned App World 3.0 website today. Functionally, much of App World remains the same, with the most noticeable changes affecting the user interface. There's some back-end stuff that's been improved, some of it focused on better support for developers crafting content for the PlayBook with its larger screen, but that should be mostly transparent to BlackBerry users. Pages for individual apps are now much more readable, with a new, light background, which feels a bit easier on the eyes. Apple users should ...

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    Earlier today we took a look at some browser benchmarks, repeating a test done earlier by Microsoft to show the superiority of Windows Phone 7 at rendering HTML5. The results made it appear as though Apple had moved up to the top spot when looking at its performance under iOS 5, but it turns out things are a little more complicated than that, and its hard to argue in favor of iOS dominance at this point. In the first demo, IE9 on WP7 performed at 25FPS, and while that easily beat iOS 4, iOS 5 is apparently capable of 31FPS performance. Problem is, that's not quite the fair comparison. The ...

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