Chrome Browser Gets Updated

Chrome Browser Gets Updated

Jun 7, 2015

Chrome for Android is seeing an update roll out.

Per Google Play, changes include:

What’s New
• Faster Checkout – Quickly and securely complete checkout forms with data from Google Wallet
• Touch to Search – Learn more about words and phrases by touching them on your screen.
• Bug fixes and speedy performance improvements.

Chrome remains free on Google Play.

Chrome Browser Gets Update

Chrome Browser Gets Update

Apr 18, 2015

Chrome is is getting an update; the update allows users to get the latest updates from sites with notifications and to more easily add favorite sites to one’s homescreen.

It also includes the standard bug fixes.

Chrome remains free on the Play Store.

Chrome Browser for Android Expands Chromecast Support and Adds Other Nifty Tweaks and Features

Chrome Browser for Android Expands Chromecast Support and Adds Other Nifty Tweaks and Features

May 21, 2014

The latest Chrome for Android update has added a few welcome new features to make Google’s browser of choice even better. There’s the ability to undo the closing of tabs. Video finally supports fullscreen “immersive mode” where the Android navigation bars go away, using up the entirety of the device’s screen. As well, some videos can be casted to a Chromecast. Along with other bug fixes, there’s added support for multi-window devices. The update is available now on Google Play.

Google’s New Browser Rendering Engine Blink Could Mean Big Changes for Android and Chrome Users

Google’s New Browser Rendering Engine Blink Could Mean Big Changes for Android and Chrome Users

Apr 4, 2013

Google made a big announcement on Wednesday, one that may have immediate ramifications for the nerdy audience, but will have a big impact on all Android users going forward. See, they’re forking WebKit into a new browser rendering engine called Blink.

Wait, what?

Well, Safari and Chrome on both desktop and mobile have been linked by the use of the same engine to render webpages. Granted, there’s been some differences in the way that each browser works, but that’s software development. Still, it’s meant that there’s been a lot more cross-compatibility than there would be otherwise.

But now, Google is splitting the open source WebKit into their own rendering engine. While it will have come from the same source, with its own independent development, there’s no guarantee that developers will be able to make the same webpages largely work in the same way for each browser. Or at least, it seems like it will be much harder work for developers. There could be more broken web pages in the future.

While there’s the obvious surface idea that Google is doing this to split from Apple, who created WebKit and are of course one of their biggest competitors, there’s also the mention of technical reasons, according to TheNextWeb. So perhaps this leads to a better Chrome down the road, and Opera is joining in the fun too with Blink.

While this may be invisible to users, this is news that will have serious long-term ramifications for Android and Chrome users as Google makes its product more independent.

Free App Recap November 20th – Android Browsers

Free App Recap November 20th – Android Browsers

Nov 20, 2012

Much like on a computer, a web browser comes preinstalled on Android devices, and Google Chrome is available as well. The good news is, this is not the only web browser available for Android. In fact, there are A lot of different Android web browsers to choose from. The browsers listed below are just a few of the possibilities. Usually when installing a new web browser, it’s done for specific reasons. One such reason to install one of the browsers below is because it will let video be played on many devices that don’t have the ability to play video natively.

Ninesky Browser

Ninesky Browser is a great browser for people more concerned with their online privacy. With all of the sites out there trying to get as much information about browsing habits as possible, keeping personal privacy can be difficult these days. When browsing with Ninesky Browser, a warning pops up notifying of any site trying to phish for information.

Download Ninesky Browser

UC Browser for Android

UC Browser for Android has a lot of really cool features made specifically for browsing on mobile devices. Some of the cool features are:

  • Night Mode to browse better at night.
  • Vox gives voice control over the features of the browser.
  • A built-in RSS Reader
  • Download Manager

On a mobile device, speed is essential. If it takes too long to download a page, most people lose interest and go back to what they were doing. Having a really fast browser pages can be viewed a lot quicker.

Download UC Browser for Android

Skyfire Web Browser 4.0

Skyfire is a great browser for anyone who has a device that doesn’t support video. The reason Skyfire can play videos while other browsers can’t, is because Skyfire doesn’t rely on any other application or resource on Android phone. While this isn’t 100% guaranteed, it’s still a great option for Android devices with slower processors or don’t have the option of flash.

Download Skyfire Web Browser 4.0

Open Video Codecs on Mobile Are All But Dead Thanks to Mozilla.

Open Video Codecs on Mobile Are All But Dead Thanks to Mozilla.

Mar 23, 2012

Mozilla made an announcement recently that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but is important. They’ve added native H.264 video codec support to Firefox Mobile, adopting the closed format, in addition to supporting open codecs like WebM and Theora. H.264 is the codec that the industry has largely adopted as the widespread video codec of choice – it’s everywhere from Blu-rays to iTunes to being used to distribute pirated TV shows. It’s the one thing pirates and the copyright industry can really agree on, that H.264 is a swell video codec.

Now, mobile Firefox will natively play back these videos in HTML5 with the

Mozilla says that they had to make this decision to sacrifice some of their principles for an improved user experience. Not supporting H.264 video is a killer lack of a feature to have in a mobile browser. This is because after years of numerous competing standards, H.264 is the closest thing to a unified video standard in the industry right now, and so much video supports that format. File containers are still a mess, especially as everyone likes their own container, and the MKV container, despite its usefulness, is something legitimate contest industries won’t touch because of its association with piracy. WebM and Theora just had no hope on mobile. And as Mozilla points out in their blog, Google hasn’t been cashing the checks their mouth has been writing as they still push H.264 video in many forms.

The idea is ultimately that codecs shouldn’t matter, that video should just play anywhere. Would it be better if the leading codec was free as in freedom? Yes. But isn’t it more important that our videos play in some format, period?