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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
It’s only been a few months since since Mozilla released the final build of Firefox 4 for Android. We dug the interface’s gesture controls, but were less than blown-away by its speed. Mozilla’s plans for accelerated releases mean that it hasn’t had any time for rest and reflection, and instead has been hard at work on the next iteration of its mobile browser. Today, it marked the culmination of those efforts with the cross-platform release of Firefox 5, including the Android version.
While the feature has been available to desktop users in earlier [...]
If you caught Daniel Webster’s series of videos and final review on the Samsung Galaxy S, you were treated with an abundance of detail about this new device. Sporting a 4″ Super AMOLED with a 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy is equipped to impress.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S is not alone in the 4″+ screen size market. I’ve decided to match the Samsung Galaxy S up against my beloved HTC EVO. The EVO has been my primary phone for a little over a month now, and I’ve been nothing but impressed. Over the next few videos, I will put the Galaxy side-by-side [...]
So far we’ve run through the unboxing of the Samsung Continuum, our hardware overview, and our look at the software. This time we take a different approach and compare the speed of the Continuum against one of its close relatives, the Samsung Galaxy S I9000. In this video we will run through a browser test, a gameplay test and comparison, as well as a YouTube load time test.
The two devices share the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor. But, the Continuum clocks in slightly lower in the RAM category with 336MB of RAM, whereas the I9000 maintains a solid 512MB of RAM. Be sure [...]
Adobe has published a new build of Flash Player to the Android Market, closing a security hole it recently became aware of.
Flash Player 10.3.185.23 for Android includes code to correct a cross-site scripting vulnerability that has the potential to be used to interact with websites on your behalf but without your permission. The chance of such an attack being targeted against smartphone users is remote, but there’s no sense in exposing yourself further when a fix is already available.
In addition to the scripting fix, this release also includes the fix from the [...]
It’s been just over two weeks since Dolphin Browser HD 5.0 opened up a public beta for interested Android users to try out the changes that have been made to the the app, following a period of private beta testing. Now the browser is ready to leave behind that beta tag, with the final build of 5.0 now available for download in the Android Market.
As we noted when taking a look at the beta, Dolphin Browser HD gets an updated user interface with this release, now called Fire, hoping to modernize its appearance. You can also expect speedier performance over prior versions, as [...]
Two months ago, Opera released Opera Mini 6 for BlackBerry, Android, and Symbian smartphones, with promises that an iPhone version was in the works. Now that day has finally arrived, as Apple has approved the team’s submission and published Opera 6 Mini to the App Store.
Not to be confused with Opera Mobile, Mini’s claim to fame is that it pre-processes all web pages you view through Opera’s servers, reformatting pages to best fit on a small screen, and compressing site data in order to speed-up page loads over slower connections. Opera Mobile may ultimately be [...]
We know Microsoft has a lengthy list of improvements coming to the Windows Phone 7 Mango update, and while some of those are going to seem more important than others, there’s no denying that Internet Explorer 9 will be near the top of the most-anticipated list for many users. While we’re sure hear plenty about all these developments at tomorrow’s Microsoft press event, some early news has emerged about the state of IE9, which has reached the point where it’s “code complete”.
From here, Microsoft still needs to do plenty of bug-testing and code [...]
It wasn’t that long ago when the most recent Firefox Mobile beta releases were for version 4 of the mobile browser. Just a couple months later, 4 has hit its final release, and we’ve already got Firefox Mobile 5 beta releases to check out, thanks to Mozilla adding its most recent beta build to the Android Market.
While there’s not too much in the way of new features in this beta release, the collection of improvements and bug fixes means that even though this early beta is very much still an in-development build, you might want to take the time to try it out [...]
Recently Joe showed us a preview of the latest version of the popular Dolphin HD browser, which recently saw an upgrade to version 5.0 beta 1. The browser provided solid performance in rendering web pages, but it wasn’t a dramatic increase over the stock Android browser.
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Probably the most important feature of an Android browser is performance. When accessing websites on our smartphones, we want pages to render quickly, for scrolling to be buttery smooth, and for pinching and panning to be quick with [...]
Dolphin Browser HD is one of my favorite alternate browser apps for Android. Over the last several months they’ve been working on a fairly substantial upgrade that’s just been released as a public beta.
Dolphin Browser HD version 5.0 Beta 1 includes: – UI changes – New style for “Speed Dial” links – Powerful bookmarks sidebar (with sub-folders) – Faster browsing experience and more stable performance
We decided to take it for a test drive and are pretty impressed with what we saw!
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It’s been almost seven months since Dolphin released version 4.0 of its Dolphin Browser HD, an alternate web browser for Android users. Version 5.0 has been in the works recently, and the company announced a week ago that it would be starting a private beta for users to run it through the ringer of real-world tests. As of today, the company has lifted the restrictions off the test, opening the beta to the public and giving many of us our first look at Dolphin Browser HD 5.0 Beta1.
If you were a 4.0 user, the first thing you should notice is the UI refresh. Colors are more [...]
The US Government continues to look into how companies are using smartphone location data, checking that everything’s on the up-and-up and no one’s privacy is being violated, but these recent inquiries don’t seem to have put a damper on location-based services, with new tools continuing to roll out. The latest is Google’s News Near You for Android and the iPhone, identifying hot stories that are breaking right in your backyard.
News Near You can be used right form your smartphone browser. Once you authorize Google to gather your location data, you can [...]
A few months ago Verizon was experiencing some problems with dropped 911 calls in a few parts of the country. While that problem has long been solved, it got me thinking, if you can’t call 911, what number should you call?
911, for those of you outside the U.S.A., is the universal phone number to call for emergency assistance, or to report a crime. There is no single, central location where these calls are handled. Rather, your call is routed to the nearest dispatch center, depending on your location. VoIP and cellular calls to 911 present unique challenges in determining [...]
If you’re holding off on the Motorola Droid 2, which launched with Android 2.2 Froyo and support for Adobe Flash out of the box, you may want to wait just a little longer if limited edition phones are your thing. The R2-D2 edition, an homage to the Droid name that the handset bears, is slated for September 30th. The photo above shows the device’s back side.
(via: Android Central)
At long last, Mozilla has released the final version of its mobile browser, Firefox for Android. You can download it in the Android Market right now for free. In the past we’ve seen Firefox Mobile as “Fennec” as it was in beta for a couple of years. It looks like the Firefox was worth the wait: Firefox for Android is as full-featured as they come in terms of Android web browsers, potentially more so than Skyfire, Opera Mobile and Mini, Dolphin HD, and the many other browsers that you can download for Android. Overall, we’re looking at four major features that [...]
Getting faster with each beta release, Firefox 4 has now entered Release Candidate (RC) stage. The release candidate brings faster scrolling, better responsiveness with Firefox Sync and improves the overall user experience.
The RC brings much needed support for text-reflow, which wraps text to fit the screen when zooming in, allowing you to read a page without having to continually scroll left and right. Also new is the shrinking of several UI elements, such as the form input suggestions and the find-in-page bar, which allow you to see more of the web page while using the [...]