There are times when I’m using an Android tablet that I wish I was able to use more desktop oriented features on the device – specifically when using a 10″ tablet. Many applications don’t take full advantage of larger screens and leave us feeling a little shafted when it comes to viewing a single pane of content on such a large screen; thankfully, a few developers have created a collection of extremely useful floating applications to cover all of your multitasking needs. [Read more…]
Remember that “Tower Defense” game Age of Defenders that came out a while back? It was very promising but let down its fans a bit when it didn’t release a single-player campaign, and the multiplayer-only game modes were constantly empty. The development team announced today that it in-fact has been working on the update and plans on releasing it very soon. The update includes quite a few tweaks and upgrades, as well as the long-awaited single player storyline. [Read more…]
Throughout the years of reading news, playing video games, and hopelessly wasting vast amounts of time on the internet, we have come to expect a certain level of speed and stability with our internet browsers. Many of us have come to know and love Chrome for our desktops, however, Chrome on Android has been buggy, jittery, slow, and at some points just plain unusable. While this isn’t the case for every device and Android version (considering most are just flat out unable to install it), it plagues the vast majority of users in general. Que Boat Browser, a not very well known, speedy, and downright awesome browser for Android devices.
Popular web browser Dolphin has put out its most recent version of itself on the Android Market today. The V6 update is in beta alongside the more official 5.1.
The beta allows you to use the upcoming features for the official V6 while they’re still being worked out instead of waiting for all the bugs and kinks to be eliminated.
A new feature that comes with the beta is Webzine, a format that lets you create a digital magazine of interests, news and entertainment. Each section has deeper layers within it leading to additional articles, images, and text.
It’s a great thing to grab if you’re a fan of getting the latest Dolphin browser and aren’t asking for perfection just yet. But, if you’d like to get your hands on the most up-to-date and fully functional version, you can still get it from the Android Market.
Dolphin Browser received a new update today which includes a completely redone UI with speed optimizations to not only make the application look better, but run a lot smoother. Some of the other improvements include faster start up, faster browsing speed, import bookmarks from stock and original dolphin browser, HD addons and themes, and sub-folders are now supported in the bookmarks area.
The update bring a lot of eye candy to the previously ugly, in my opinion, browser. The tab design, bookmarks bar, and settings menu have all been redone to make a nicer experience when navigating the internet and a higher resolution interface which looks really good on the Honeycomb tablet. But the best feature included in the update is the lack of ads. The new version, 5.0, now is completely ad free is still free to download off the Android Market. If you own an Android device with version 2.0.1 or greater, you can grab Dolphin Browser HD off the Android Market here and give it a shot.
Source: Dolphin Browser Website
Announced in Google Mobile’s blog, the new Google Maps can be used directly from inside your mobile browser without any add-ons or applications installed on the side for complete access to an optimized version for any iOS and Android device.
Here’s a list of the new features from the blog:
• See your current location
• Search for what’s nearby with suggest and auto complete
• Have clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations
• Get driving, transit, biking, and walking directions
• Turn on satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers
• View Place pages with photos, ratings, hours, and more
• When signed into your Google account, access your starred locations and My Maps
These new features can be used anywhere: whether it is your Android tablet, Android mobile phone, or iOS counterpart. I changed the UA string on my browser to be iPhone as well as Android and both worked flawlessly with all of the new features enabled for both devices. Zooming is unable to use multi-touch, of course, but it still has the buttons easily accessible from the left side of the screen. You can visit maps.google.com with your mobile browser to use the improved Google maps and mess with some of the new features.
Last Friday Mozilla announced the new beta for Android devices of the latest mobile FireFox browser, as we posted earlier this week, But just how does it compare? Although the browser has been a favorite on the desktop for quite some time now, how is it holding up in the mobile market? Not too good to be honest.
The new Firefox 5 release brings a few new features to the Android device such as the “Do Not Track” option in the settings to disable the ability for sites to monitor you for online behavioral tracking, CSS3 Animations, Smoother panning, Speed improvements, and bug fixes. Although the new version boasts a few key features, is it enough to make up for it?
I installed the beta on a Motorola Xoom, and a Samsung Captivate to compare it with a few other browsers as well as the default one. The websites loaded with pretty good speed, the interface is nice, but overall I do not think it compares to other browsers available out there, even the default cooked into Android. Although this is a beta, it is missing one of the key reasons of owning an Android device: Adobe Flash Player. Loading a website only to see “To view this movie you need to have Adobe Flash Player plugin…” really is a downer with such a modern application. It’s better than it was, for sure, but it still needs a lot of work (especially UA string changer) before it is ready to replace Dolphin or Opera which are both rated at least one and a half stars higher on the Android Market. Feel free to test out the application for yourself for free off the Market and provide us with some feedback; let us know how it runs on your device compared to the stock one.
It may seem a bit soon for the Firefox 5.0 Beta, since Firefox 4 just came out like eight weeks ago. But, the interesting part is the added feature that many mobile users are definitely going to appreciate- on top of improved speeds and performance, the Firefox 5 Beta for Android offers customers a ‘Do Not Track’ privacy option.
“Do Not Track to give users more control over the way their browsing behavior is tracked and used online. It enables users to tell websites if they prefer to opt-out of online behavioral tracking,” reads Mozilla’s blog.
It’s simple enough, you can easily switch the privacy option on or off in the preferences. Grab the browser here.
In case you’re interested, Firefox has the same ‘Do Not Track’ feature on their desktop version as well.
I never thought I’d actually see the day that Mozilla would launch the the final version of Firefox for Android, but there comes a time for everything I suppose. Announced just today, Firefox 4 for Android is available on the Android Market.
This latest version includes Firefox Sync, which allows you to share your browsing history, current tabs, bookmarks and passwords between desktop versions of Firefox and your Android device. The company claims that Firefox 4 is to be up to 3 times faster than the stock Android browser. That’s pretty impressive, so why not check it out for yourself? Demo video above.
Do we really need yet another graph showing how Android performance reins over iOS? We sure do! I love these constant reminders that point out Android devices are superior in more ways than one.
This test was specifically set up to compare speeds of the stock browsers of both Android and iOS platforms. We should mention that the Android devices that were used were running 2.2 and 2.3 versions of Android, while the iPhone 4 devices were on 4.2 and 4.3.
The tests that were conducted were quite thorough, including visiting 1,000 different sites while doing 45,000 separate tests in total. On average, the Android browser loaded pages 52% faster than the iOS browser. How’s that for competition?
We can’t say we’re very surprised at the drastic lead that the Android browser has over iOS, but we have Google’s crack team to thank for consistently keeping the Android browser up to snuff. With more Tegra 2 devices starting to emerge, iOS will have a hell of a time keeping up!