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Link Bubble receives big update to version 1.5 as it gets a new owner
Developer Chris Lacy released a browser app called Link Bubble back in March 2014, which aimed to fix many of the problems most mobile internet browsers ran into on a regular basis. Today that app is getting a big update to version 1.5, which will bring some new functionality and more Material Design enhancements to the floating bubble browser.
There’s now support for drop down elements in Link Bubble, which was a feature that was noticeably missing from previous versions. The app now has a new “Domain redirects” customization feature that will let you define domains which will always be referred to your fallback browser when loaded. Link Bubble is also getting a few new Material Design enhancements, including website-specific colored toolbars and a new Lollipop-themed Snackbar prompt when closing a bubble.
If you’re interested, here’s the changelog for the version 1.5 update:
- Support for drop down elements
- Added ability to color the toolbar with a website’s theme/favicon color (Settings -> Color toolbar)
- Added “Domain redirects” customization, allowing you to define domains which, when loaded, will always be referred to your fallback browser
- Updated appearance for material design
- Use Lollipop themed Snackbar prompt
- Translation support for 6 new languages
That’s not the only Link Bubble news for the day, though. Chris Lacy has just announced his decision to sell Link Bubble, Link Bubble Pro and TapPath to an unnamed startup. The reasoning behind the sale is that, to fully explore the potential of the floating browser, it needs to be in the hands of a developer who has the resources to take it to the next level. He explains:
The new owners of the apps are a US startup currently in stealth mode, so I’ll let them introduce themselves on their own schedule. But you should trust me when I say that once the founders come to light, it will immediately be apparent why I, as the world’s most enthusiastic Link Bubble user, am so excited about both this deal, and the implications for the Link Bubble’s future.
Existing users of the apps shouldn’t notice any changes at all. Link Bubble, Link Bubble Pro and TapPath will all still receive updates through the Google Play Store.
Speaking from personal experience, I’ve used Link Bubble/Pro as my default web browser since day one, and I’m really excited to see where it goes from here. If you have yet to download it for yourself, head to the Play Store link below to try it out!