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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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