Google IO 2016 Coverage

Samsung adds support for ad blockers in their Android web browser

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Samsung joined a small but growing list of companies making it a bit easier for consumers to block content, notably advertising, on their mobile devices. The market got a big boost last year when Apple announced support for ad-blocking plugins in the Safari browser on iOS 9. Now Samsung is adding a similar feature to their own web browser that ships on Samsung smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. Read more

Google getting close to bringing Material Design to the desktop Chrome browser

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Google’s Material Design guidelines have been around for a couple years now and have gone a long way to giving apps on Android smartphones and tablets a more consistent look and feel. The idea of a flatter landscape has slowly worked its way into things like web design as well. One place where a change has not taken place has largely been on the desktop. Although users may benefit from Material enhancements to sites they visit, the actual Chrome browser itself has not seen any significant updates to the interface to bring Material design to the desktop. That looks like it may change soon as developers have started discussions on rollout plans and recent builds of the Chrome browser even include some of the code already. Read more

PSA: Clicking this URL will crash your browser and cause your device to overheat

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Whether you’re a frequent or periodic social media user, you may want to pin your ears back as we have some pretty important news for you. Recently a malicious link has been doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, which, when clicked, overloads the default browser on your smartphone, causing it to slow down and generate a lot of heat in the process. It goes without saying that if the bug is not dealt with promptly, your handset will continue to get hotter until it overheats and has no option other than to power down.

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Best alternative web browsers

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The web browser is an extremely important part of your phone, and for most people that’s probably where a good chunk of time gets spent on any device. Sure, apps more popular and offer a better experience (and we’re starting to see many companies push for app installations over web views) but the web browser is still a completely functional feature, especially for simple web searches or browsing, or if you just need to look at a certain site that you don’t shop often enough to justify an app installation.

With that being said, some browsers are better than others. All Android devices ship with a default internet browser, and most of them also come pre-loaded with Google’s own fantastic Chrome browser. For many people, one of those two apps will be more than functional enough. But for some people that are looking for a slightly different experience because they want something a little faster, or maybe something that integrates with a different ecosystem that isn’t Google’s, there are plenty of other solid options available, and that’s where this guide comes in. We’re going to go over some of the best available replacement web browsers to test out on your Android device.

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Opera revenue growth disappoints, company considers finding buyer

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Opera Software, developer of the Opera browser, has announced the company may go up on the sales block “in response to strategic interest in the company from a number of parties.” Even if the company is not sold, the board is considering other forms of partnership as they commence a “strategic review” with the help of Morgan Stanley International and ABG Sundal Collier during the second half of 2015. It is unclear whether there is a connection, but Opera Software also released second-quarter revenue results which missed forecasts by analysts and they had to cut their full-year expectations. Read more

CyanogenMod teases new Gello browser

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Yesterday a member of the CyanogenMod team teased Google+ followers with news that a new mobile browser is close to being released by the team. Named Gello, the browser is based on Chromium open-source code and Joey Rizzoli says the new browser will be open-sourced as well. There are a lot of third-party browsers out there, but developing their own means CyanogenMod could provide their own alternative to Chrome in their ROMs as well as on devices from Cyanogen or their partners. Read more

Google opens up code for Chrome for Android

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Google’s Chrome for Android development team has announced the mobile version of the Chrome browser is now “almost entirely open source.” The parts not open sourced include some media codecs, plugins, and Google service features that are restricted due to licensing issues. The team open sourced over 100,000 lines of code, including the entire user interface layer. For developers, this move means they can built their own versions of the browser for Android devices. Read more

Opera Browser Beta update brings 64-bit support, Chromium 42 codebase and other improvements

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When it comes to Android, you have a ton of options to choose from when deciding which browser to use on your smartphone or tablet. Opera is a name that been around for quite a while, and it has pushed an update for its Opera Browser Beta app with some must-have features that will help it keep pace with the competition.

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