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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Android Browser Now Most Popular Mobile Browser

With all the options Android users have for browsers, from Firefox to Dolphin to Chrome, it’s still not that surprising that the most used is the stock Android browser that comes pre-installed on most Android devices. But how does it stack up over all mobile browsers on all platforms? Apparently, very well, according to the latest statistics report from analytics firm StatCounter.

The Android browser has finally taken the lead over its competitors this month with a 22.67% share, and is now the top mobile browser in the world. Opera comes in a close second at 21.7%, followed by Apple’s 21.06%. This is a 2.47% increase over last year, when the Android browser ended up at 20.2%. Opera dropped from last year’s 24.22%, while Apple’s Safari browser increased from December’s 18.41%.

Nokia came in next at 11.24%, followed by Blackberry at 6.53%, but each is generally trending downward, the latter’s chart looking like a good hill to sled down. Check out the chart after the break.

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Are Android Apps Being Published on Blackberry App World Without Developer Consent?


After RIM pushed out their 2.0 update for the Playbook, Android apps were suddenly available on the platform through their Android Player. The company is even giving out free Playbooks to Android developers who port their apps over.

Playbook users, once upgraded to 2.0, started downloading the Android-based Dolphin HD Browser from Blackberry App World as a better replacement to the stock browser. Interestingly, though, the makers of the Dolphin browser, MoboTap, did not authorize their browser to be added to RIM’s app marketplace. So how did it get there?

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Dolphin Partners With Evernote, Brings Two Plugins to Dolphin Browser

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Dolphin Browser is one of the better Android browsers out there and they look to add more functionality to an already function rich experience. They have announced a partnership with the folks at Evernote that adds two new plugins to their browser. Both Evernote and Skitch will be integrated and allow you to annotate web page screenshots and save them automatically to your account. Desktop web browsers already have this and it’s a good move to bring it to mobile browsers. This should certainly beef up their browser in regards to its competition with both Firefox and Opera browsers. If you haven’t already, hit the break below to get Dolphin and the two browser plugins.  Read more

Dolphin Browser HD updated to v6.0 available now – Webzine, speed dial and tabbed browsing

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The free Android app called Dolphin Browser HD is now updated to version 6.0 and available for free in the Android Market. This version was in beta since June 17th 2011, and has now shed the beta tag, giving users a great browsing experience on the Android devices with gestures, multitouch, tabbed browsing, Speed Dial, and Webzine features. Here’s what the Press Release states regarding the new Webzines feature;

Dolphin brings out the beauty of the web and with Dolphin Webzine users can experience the web like never before. Web pages are cleanly displayed as a series of thumbnail images and users can scroll through web pages instantly using an intuitive touch interface, tapping on any thumbnail image to open the desired page.

MoboTap, developers of Dolphin Browser technology, has received a $10 million funding injection led by Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners, helping them continue to bring mobile browsing innovations. With over 8 million users within 15 months total, the mobile browsing market continues to see growth and demand. Grab it below by scanning or clicking.

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[Android Market Link]

Video Promo and Full Press Release below.

Dolphin Browser HD Updated With Christmas Gift

The Android Browser, Dolphin Browser HD, was recently updated. The recent upgrade was nothing special fixing common things like gesture buttons, an FC issue, and adding an overview action for the tab title. Recently, however, a new market listing for their app is sure to spark interest in any Android enthusiast. Dolphin Browser HD claims to have the upgrade also being part of the upcoming Christmas gift.

A Christmas gift from a Android App? Yeah, I know it makes me want to grab the application myself. Will we see the gift before Christmas or on the Eve of Christmas? Only time will tell. Now, for more information on the browser playing Santa Claus you can check it out here.

[via phandroid]

Dolphin Browser HD gets ready for Gingerbread with newest update

Looks like everyone’s hopping on the Gingerbread train, and the folks over at Dolphin Browser HD are no exception. There’s a new update available for the popular internet browser for Android, and one of the listed changes includes:

“Fix UI compatibility issue with Android 2.3”

With more and more of these fixes coming, we can all keep our fingers crossed that Gingerbread will be coming to the masses before the holidays. Be sure to check out Dolphin Browser HD here, and let us know what you think in the comments.

[via AC]