Chrome Beta for Android Updated, Brings Google Translate and Bandwidth Management Settings

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Today, Google’s Chrome Beta for Android received a most impressive update through the Play store. Included is the addition of Google Translate, allowing users to instantly translate full webpages to their native tongue, as well as options for controlling and limiting bandwidth consumption through the browser’s settings.  (more…)

Opera Browser Beta for Android Now Up in Google Play

Opera Browser

This morning, you can download the brand new browser from Opera. Don’t worry, Opera Mini is still there, but this is the complete package based on a webkit rendering engine. It currently has a beta tag alongside, but so far, it seems to be packed with great features. With Opera, thanks to their server process, you will load pages quicker than other browsers and it also allows your to save music, videos, and other content thanks to their download manager.  (more…)

Newly Redesigned Firefox for Android Tablets Released

Firefox users, it’s time to upgrade your Android tablet version to the latest and greatest that is now available on the Google Play store. According to the Firefox team, all of the “dramatic improvements” that made the phone experience so delightful, are now available on this new tablet build. Everything should be noticeably quicker, including page load times, panning, zooming, and web app performance.

Anyone using Firefox as their daily Android browser? If so, sell me on why.

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Dolphin Browser HD 5 BETA Released to Public

Remember we told you about the Private Beta Dolphin had? Now’s your chance to pick up the newest and freshest in Android internet browsing. Dolphin has just produced a Public Beta of Version 5 which includes some nifty Innovative UI Changes, Speed Dial Style New Tab, Powerful Bookmarks Sidebar, Subfolder Supported, a Faster Browsing Experience and more Stable Performance.

Feel free to download and let us know what you think. Could possibly be time for another “Browser Poll”?  Is there anything you think all these companies are missing from a mobile browser? Let us know.

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Source: Dolphin Browser Blog

New Firefox for Android is Fastest Version Yet, Now Offers Over 200+ Add-ons

Firefox for Android received a shiny new update today that might actually be worth your time.  According to its makers, this is the fastest version yet and crushes the stock Android browser in every single speed test.  It also supports Firefox Sync, the Awesome screen, and includes over 200 add-ons just like the desktop version.  I’m actually really liking this latest build, but the fact that it still lacks Flash support is killing me.

Fancy new video walk-through after the break.   (more…)

Thursday Poll: What is your favorite Android Browser?

How have we not asked this question yet?  Shame on us.  With so many quality options out there for your Android browsing pleasure, we’d love to hear what your favorite is.  Is it Skyfire and their interesting take on Flash videos?  Firefox and their ever-evolving mobile version?  Dolphin, the standard?  Is xScope the innovator?  Or are we missing something fabulous altogether?

Let us know which browser you prefer, but beyond that, we want to know why it’s your favorite.  Why is this the browser for you?  If you could change anything in a browser, what would it be?

What is your favorite Android Browser?

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The Android Browser Super-Guide

When you buy a smartphone, one of the features that’s obviously being considered is its browser. The ability to browse the Internet is integral to the smartphone experience; without it, you lose a lot of the functionality that makes it so damned useful. API Internet calls to fuel our apps are one thing, but the inability to bring up any web page we want, whenever we want would strip smartphones of a lot of their core usability.

So naturally, the browser that one uses on their phone is pretty important. Right now, there are numerous options for the discerning Android users to take into account. The ones that I have spent time with (and have detailed in this post) are all viable choices, but have little quirks that may or may not influence your decision.

I originally set out to do this post at a reader’s suggestion, in order to determine which browser was “best”. However, I came to realize that not every browser suits every user’s needs. I can’t really make a clear decision if the default browser is the one that suits me, can I? Hopefully you’ll find something here that suits your needs, and download accordingly. For your convenience, I’ve created a feature table for quick reference: it’s embedded at the bottom of the post, if you don’t feel like viewing it via link.

To review these browsers, I used a Motorola Milestone that is on Canada’s Telus network. I felt the need to omit speed comparisons, as networks differ from region to region, and under wifi connection, I found they all performed relatively the same.

Testing was accomplished by a general “to do” list, which included:

  • creating and managing bookmarks
  • creating, switching and deleting tabs
  • sharing with the web/apps
  • viewing via the browser
  • app-specific features, like viewing a plug-in video with Skyfire or testing gesture support

So, without further ado, I present to you the Android Browser Super-guide. (more…)