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Dolphin Browser HD Updated – New Menu Bar, Redesigned Gesture and Sonar, and More


The classic Dolphin Browser HD has just received a pretty handsome update to version 8.0. Included in this new build are a few features that people may have been clamoring for lately. Finally, there is a menu bar on the bottom of the browser, a remodeled side panel that is easily navigable with add-ons and doesn’t confuse everyone to death, and a pretty little Dolphin button that resides permanently on the screen for easy access to gestures and Dolphin’s Sonar. Along with the features, Dolphin is working out more and more kinks to make the mobile browsing experience as enjoyable and seamless as possible.

Which browser has everyone been resorting to these days? Dolphin? Stock? ICS Browser+?

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  • JimScar

    Opera Mobile.  Fast, stable, excellent compatibility.  Nice feature set, including Flash.  I might give Dolphin another try based on this upgrade and review.

  • so so curious

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    • Mkp624

      You have to do a “long press” on the item that you want to find.  Then a fill-in textbook will appear.  Unfortunately, I can’t do a “long press” for this purpose on a piece of text that provides a link to another page.  This means that there are many items that you can’t do a long-press on.  So this seems to be a backwards step for Dolphin.

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  • Liang Li

    Dolphin: the browser for people who don’t want to switch between THREE GODAMN BROWSERS.

    Also, gestures ROCK — no more navigating menus. I have — P for…. Private … mode, and D for Destop mode, and Arrow Left and Right for switching tabs, and I use it all the time. Its saved me a lot of time.

  • Glen

    Give XScope another look. It has been favorably reviewed in DL before. They have released a version for tablets. It runs flash. It does the job simpy and well. (It could use better bookmark organization.) XScope has better more intuitive navigation than Dolphin. Many times I have used my back button in Dolphin hoping to reach the previously viewed page, only to find that I have left the browser completely. XScope allows this function and includes forward and back buttons. Long press of menu button accesses rest of functions. Easy layout.

  • John Davids

    I am anxiously awaiting Chrome for Android to come out of beta and hit all versions of Android. (Gingerbread at the very least). Until then, stock.

  • Medications

    Does Chrome still not have the option to load the desktop version of pages? That’s still a dealbreaker for me. The syncing of bookmarks and tabs and stuff is useless for me in terms of my needs/uses, I’m not a fan of the Chrome browser in general on desktops. I could see how that feature would appeal to others though.

    Anyway i use Quick ICS browser, love the customizable Quick Controls

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  • Kerrythebeast

    Stock but I use the crome icon cuz it looks better

  • Bionicman

    i used to use Dolphin Pad on my asus transformer but now i use a mix of Chrome and stock ICS browser (mainly for flash). on my GNex i purely use ICS stock because it syncs perfectly with my google account and is fast enough (plus flash). god i love options!

  • Tim242

    ICS Browser for me. Chrome needs full screen, quick controls, and desktop page view to make it usable. The lack of Flash sucks. The bookmarks could be improved. ICS Browser is damn close to perfect.

    • Droosh

      Chrome also needs the accessability mode that inverts colors. This is great for nighttime reading.

  • I still use AOL 😛

  • Meister_Li

    Chrome. It’s just too useful to have the tab and bookmark sync everywhere. Sometimes I use Opera Mobile for Flash and slow websites, tho.

  • George Davis

    I’ve tried them all and in my book, Boat browser is the best out there right now.  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.boatbrowser.free

    • Tim242

      Boat resembles iOS too much for my liking.

    • Kerrythebeast

      God that’s s tacky looking browser

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    • Guest

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  • Iicehockeykid

    i love dolphin, i love that i can make it by default load pages in desktop format which is so clutch on my tablet and phone. I fell its just so much easier to navigate webpages in the desktop form that im familiar with and dolphin allows me to do that. So nice

  • Jeff Badger

    Chrome is my primary. Then I use stock for Flash. Android Central pointed me to Another Browser (
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nightshadelabs.anotherbrowser) which helps greatly!!

    • Jeff Badger

      Try https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nightshadelabs.anotherbrowser for another browser. My bad.

  • LiterofCola

    Dolphin is my go to.

  • me

    wish they did desktops also

  • Dolphin on ICS… I hate Chrome on desktops, so I have a feeling I really wont like it on my Mobile either.

  • me

    wow can’t believe how slick the new ui its. the new side bars are sweet also

  • Bob Martin

    what does this have to do with instagram or the galaxy nexus? or Verizon?

  • Joeygueez

    Dolphin had is best if your not using ics, if your using ics, definitely chrome.

    • Bob Martin

      true. if u r using ICS then chrome browser is the best. but if u r using a tablet whether its Honeycomb or ICS then overskreen browser is the best. Since u can resize the browser and still use the tablet like u can do on a computer. and even sync it with your Gmail account.

  • Chrome.

  • gardobus

    On Gingerbread I used Dolphin or Boat.  Since I got my GNex, I’ve used nothing but Chrome.

    Might try out Dolphin again just for the hell of it.

  • Chrome all day.

  • John

    I still have not seen anything implemented better than Quick Controls for stock browser. Sure Chrome beta for Android is nice, but I still find the quick controls to be superb over anything else.

    • Lakerzz

      I agree that quick controls are great except for the fact that sometimes when you try to touch a link that’s positioned right where they activate, it sucks. Take the good with the bad I guess. 🙂

  • Alphabets13

    i use dolphin as my default…they moved the exit button in the new update. i let them know about it tho 😉

    • Raven

      Just moved or removed.  Must Have Exit (and clear cache) Button.

      • Alphabets13

        just moved. they added an extra step in order to exit.

  • netscape for android

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  • Guest

    Dolphin is my “I need to watch that flash video” browser.

  • summit1986

    Chrome unless I need Flash, which isn’t often, but I use the stock ICS for that.

  • Michael Forte

    Since Chrome Beta came out, I’ve used it exclusively.

  • planetes42

    I just reinstalled Dolphin for better Desktop emulation.  Chrome for almost everything else.  Stock for Grantland.com because Chrome apparently hates that site and won’t load it correctly.

  • Chrome Beta is my browser of choice