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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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New Versions of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile Appearing at MWC 2012

Opera announced via a press email that they will debut new versions of their popular browsers, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, at Mobile World Congress 2012. These versions will have an emphasis on social browsing, and there will be an announcement regarding mobile payments.

Opera will come up with new versions of the Opera Mini and Mobile browsers whose new features will focus a lot on the social aspect of browsing. Opera has the highest market share when it comes to mobile browsing with more than 160 million active monthly users worldwide. Opera will also be making an announcement related to mobile payments which will democratize the area by bringing it to not just smartphone users. 

Stay tuned to Talk Android for all the details from MWC, from February 27-March 1 2012.

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

Opera launches Appcelerate program for mobile app developers

Today, the great city of San Fran held the popular AppNation conference where developers discussed a number of topics such as the development of mobile apps for cross platforms, monetization, advertising and various aspects of marketing strategies.  Opera Software was present and introduced their new Appcelerate program for developers looking to distribute their app(s) to millions of mobile users.  It looks like Opera wants a piece of the mobile apps store business much like Amazon’s App Store in addition to broadening the developers avenues for content distribution.  Hey, like I always say, choice is good and we’re all for it.

“We are very excited about the APPCELERATE program, the first of it’s kind to help promote content and applications to a global audience” said Mahi de Silva, EVP, Consumer Mobile, Opera Software, “Just one month after the launch of the Opera Mobile Store, we are giving developers unique capabilities to promote their content in channels focused on devices, platforms and geographies”.

It appears as though Opera is really keeping the interest of the developer in mind here, and that’s great.  Developers work very hard to develop and deliver great content and it’s nice to see someone assisting in getting their product out there for a specific desired platform and in a cost effective manner.  Once developers create apps, they will also have the ability to upload them to the Opera browser where millions and millions of users can view and download them.

The Opera Appcelerate program is designed to help developers gain traction on the platform they want, within regions they’re targeting by offering unique ways to specify your audience, define a campaign, and even boost your promotion effectiveness with dollar for dollar co-marketing (get it while it’s hot):

  • Matching co-marketing funds for qualified developers to promote their application – effectively doubling your power! (a limited time offer)
  • Featured promotion of select apps within the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers – stand out, get noticed.
  • Want to be big in Brazil? You can be! Efficient pay-per-download campaign pricing to target only desired content channels, geographies, handsets and operating systems – Focus on specific regions and only use funds when users download your app. No more hoping you get noticed through expensive broad campaigns.
  • Developers, you need to be here. Are you ready to step it up?
  • Ready to get started?  Head on over to Opera’s Appcelerate page and sign up so you can distribute your apps to millions instantly.  Hit the break for the full press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below, especially if you’re a developer.

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    Market/App Store Fragmentation: How Many Do We Need?

    Google has theirs (of course), Verizon has one, HTC might get one, Opera just launched one earlier this month and today, Amazon launched theirs. Depending on your carrier and your phone, you could have three or more market applications for your phone. With the launch of Amazon’s Appstore today, this got me to thinking…do we really need all of these different marketplaces?
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    Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 launched at CTIA 2011


    Opera made good on their promises to launch their Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 apps at CTIA Tuesday. With Opera Mini 6, the user interface hasn’t seen much tweaking here except for the new dedicated ‘share’ button where you can share it to twitter, facebook or My Opera, as well as general speed improvements overall.  Opera Mobile 11 got a few enhancements of its own too, which include pinch to zoom, an updated UI and support for tablet devices.

    So if you like Opera, you’ve got a few more reasons to keep using it after today’s announcements, the best being pinch to zoom support. Grab either new version of Opera by hitting the links below.

    [Opera Mini 6 | Opera Mobile 11]

    [via intomobile]

    Firefox 4 for Android Release Candidate now Available


    If you search the Android Market you’ll find a few decent choices when it comes to browsers. My personal favorite on my HTC Evo is Skyfire. I don’t know why exactly, but i’ve been using for a good long time since my WinMo 6.1 days. I always seem to come back to it.

    Well, we now have the latest Firefox 4 RC available for our browsing pleasure in the Android market. With very competent other mobile browsers out there for Android, such as Opera (mobile/mini), Skyfire, Firefox, the stock browser, and a few other less known browsers that may fit your lifestyle, which one do you choose to go to for your mobile World Wide Web experience? Let us know in the comments below..

    [via intomobile]

    Opera Launches Its Own App Store, Gets Browser Kicked from GetJar

    Opera Mini has been a widely-heralded browser on mobile devices since before smartphones were prevalent. It’s always had a lot of features, even back when mobile browsers…well, didn’t. Naturally, it’s gained quite a following. When you’re in the mobile business and you have a large following, what’s the logical next step? Launch an app store. And that’s exactly what Opera did.
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    Opera browser coming to Android Tablets

    Not to be out-shined by other browsers, Opera is still a major player in the internet surfing game and is looking to turn heads as it sets up shop at CES 2011 in Las Vegas next week.  DotEd, the Community Manager for Opera Software USA, will be there to show off their Android tablet version of Opera first hand.

    While not much is known yet about any new features coming to the tablet version, it does appear to be fast and smooth – as we like our browsers to be.  Hit the jump to see a sneak peak video of the browser in action. Read more

    Opera for Android Getting Flash and HTML5


    The Swedish browser we all know and many love called Opera Mobile will be getting its fair share of love once again as it will be offering Flash and HTML5 Support in its next version 10.1. In a blog post here, Opera’s Pavel Studeny made comments regarding the much anticipated update to come;

    Although Opera Mobile already has all the browser features, we want to improve your comfort when browsing the internet. In particular, you can look forward to:

    Flash: the new web technologies aim to replace it, but Flash will be around for some time. If you have Flash player installed on your phone, Opera will support it.

    HTML5 video: although it’s possible to embed videos in a Flash, you can have videos directly in HTML5, the same way as images. You can already see HTML5 videos on Youtube.

    [via Eurodroid]