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Is Google aiming for a UI makeover with a radial-style Android menu?

by Bams SadewoAugust 10, 2012
In mobile devices, a menu bar that permanently sits either on top of bottom of the display can really rob users of their precious screen real estate. This is something that has apparently been lingering on Google’s mind, as well, and the company has applied to patent the use of a radial-style menu in the Android browser and Chrome.
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Chrome surpasses IE, claims one third of the browser market

by LucianAugust 6, 2012

Who knew that Google Chrome would get so far? It now accounts for 1/3 of the market, and it has the highest browser market share as well, surpassing the total market share of IE (IE7, IE8, IE9) on its own. Chrome took 33.4% market share in June, according to StatCounter, while IE took only 32%. Firefox was at 23.7%, while Safari was at 7.1%.

What’s nice about Chrome is that it auto-updates every few weeks, so pretty much everyone is on the latest version of Chrome, benefiting from the latest features and latest performance improvements, and enjoying faster-loading web pages.

Compare this to IE, which has almost the same market [...]

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Dolphin Browser HD reaches version 8.7, changes name to “Dolphin Browser”

by LucianAugust 4, 2012

The Dolphin Browser has been one of Android’s users favorite third-party browsers. Formerly known as Dolphin Browser HD, it’s now changing its name to Dolphin Browser in an effort to simplify things. The change starts with version 8.7 and it brings a series of improvements as well.

The new version includes a cleaner address bar that gives more search suggestions, a better interface for tablets, and “larger space for big thumbs and small keypads.” The new update also allows for easier bookmark management and deletion of unwanted bookmarks, a shortcut directly to the Sonar, as well as “stability and performance [...]

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Hackers can exploit NFC, Chrome browser to take over your Android phone

by Bams SadewoJuly 28, 2012

Despite Google’s valiant attempt to make Android a safer playground for its users by introducing the anti-malware Bouncer service last February, which helps scan apps on Google Play Store for malware and keep them out, experts are still finding security loopholes that can wreak havoc on your Android device.

The first threat we’re going to talk about today comes from the Near Field Communication (NFC) feature on certain Android devices, which is becoming more ubiquitous these days. Though the technology was already used in older phones like the Google Nexus S, released back in 2010, newer devices like Samsung’s Galaxy S3 seem to be [...]

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Google Handwrite: A new way to Google on your mobile device

by LucianJuly 27, 2012

Google Handwrite is one feature that Galaxy Note owners will be happy to get. The newly unveiled function will make the Note’s stylus even more useful – users can now search on Google by handwriting the words. And, while this sounds like the perfect application for the stylus of the Galaxy Note, Handwrite seems to work just as well with fingers.

To use the new Handwrite feature, go to your Search Settings at the bottom of the Google.com page and enable it.  A small toolbar will then pop up at the bottom of the page on smartphones running Android 2.3+, tablets running Android 4.0+, and on all iOS 5+ devices.

The Handwrite input method will work [...]

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Google Currents will be pre-installed on all Jelly Bean devices

by LucianJuly 2, 2012

Chrome won’t be the only app coming pre-installed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although Chrome is actually meant to replace the stock Android browser, while Google Currents will be added to all the other Google apps, such as Gmail, Maps, Play Store, and so on.

Google Currents is kind of a hybrid between a RSS reader and a social reader, much like Flipboard, although Flipboard started as just a social reader, pulling articles from your friends’ streams, and only later added RSS support. Google Currents was developed as an alternative to Flipboard, because Flipboard was taking its sweet time arriving on Android. Plus, the team behind it rejected a acquisition [...]

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Bell to launch LG Optimus L5 for only $199.95 unlocked

by LucianJuly 2, 2012

Canadian carriers are not exactly known for their small prices. The prices of phones on contracts may look reasonable at first sight, but the contracts last for three years, and the carriers make sure they make a lot more money on a phone than they are investing in subsidies. This is why it’s a little surprising to see Bell selling a decent Android 4.0 smartphone for only $200 unlocked.

The LG Optimus L5 specs include a 800 Mhz Cortex A5 processor, which should be significantly faster than ARM11 (by 20% or so). The good news is that it seems we’re finally getting to the point where we can get rid of ARMv6 processors in our phones, and we’re moving [...]

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History of Chrome video will make you feel excited about your browser

by Bogdan PetrovanJune 30, 2012

At Google I/O 2012, we’ve heard and seen so many amazing things that it’s a little hard to keep track of all of them, and most importantly, to put them into perspective.

One such snippet of information that didn’t catch the spotlight is the number of people worldwide that use Google’s Chrome browser: 310 million. Moreover, Chrome has achieved something historical in May 2012. Google’s browser is now the most popular browser worldwide, edging ahead of Microsoft Internet Explorer with about half of percent, according to StatCounter data.

The past few days we’ve also learned that Chrome has shed its beta status on Android, has become the default browser for Jelly [...]

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Chrome arrives (crippled) on iOS. Even so, it becomes the #1 free app in the App Store within a day

by LucianJune 30, 2012

The stable version of Chrome has finally arrived on the Play Store a couple of days ago, but Google has also made Chrome available for the iOS platform the next day.

Within a day, Chrome for iOS managed to become the most installed application in Apple’s store. This probably surprised some, but considering that Chrome is now the most popular browser in the world (not counting IE7, IE8 and IE9 in aggregate), and has  310 million users, it’s guaranteed to have a lot of Apple users who also love using Chrome, so they wanted to try it out as soon as possible.

Unfortunately for iOS users interested in Chrome, they get to experience once again how [...]

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Google’s Chrome Experiments to arrive on mobile devices

by LucianJune 29, 2012

Google has made the Chrome Experiments site to allow developers to showcase their HTML5 demos, where they’re made with Javascript, CSS or even WebGL. These demos are meant not only to show what you can do with Chrome, which has very fast Javascript and WebGL performance, as well as very good HTML5 support, but also so developers can push the envelope with their creations, and push Chrome’s developers to make it even faster.

I think this is why Google is bringing Chrome Experiments to the mobile version as well. They want to show the world what the Chrome browser on Android can do, and in the same time they also want developers to make projects that are as [...]

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