Google Chrome for Android finally supports fullscreen browsing in a new update that’s now available to download through Google Play. The release also brings search improvements, tab history on tablets, and stability improvements.
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Still trying to find a mobile browser you can really rely on? Maybe Opera’s new browser for Android will do the trick. Announced back in February, this is the first Opera browser powered by the WebKit rendering engine. It’s been in beta testing since March, but it officially launches today with additional features.
Opera’s new web browser based on the WebKit rendering engine is now available in beta form for users with Android devices. The beta gives us a taste of Opera’s first WebKit browser, which comes after the company announced earlier this month that it will be dropping its own Presto rendering engine this year.
Opera has announced that it will gradually phase out the use of Presto, its own rendering engine, in favor of WebKit this year. It will utilize Chromium, the open source project from Google, which powers the search giant’s speedy Chrome browser. Opera’s first Chromium-based smartphone browser will be previewed at Mobile World Congress later this month.
Hisense Pulse is a new set-top box powered by Google TV that was first announced at IFA back in August. Its $100 price tag makes it one of the most affordable ways to introduce Google TV to your living room, and it comes with some nice features. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, you can place your order now through Amazon. But you’ll have to be quick if you want it before Christmas.
Security Vulnerability Exposed In Samsung’s Stock Browser, Allows Malicious Code To Trigger Factory Reset
Security expert Ravi Borgaonkar demoed a serious vulnerability in the way Samsung’s native browser and dialer app handle USSD codes and telephone links at the Ekoparty security conference. As shown by Ravi, malicious code could be used to trigger a factory reset without any forewarning or possible way of stopping it. Even more disturbing is the ability for such malicious code to perform a double whammy and also nuke the device’s SIM.
This next tip is specific to Android 4.0+ and the stock Android browser (not Chrome for Android). There are plenty of advantages and disadvantages to using the stock Android browser versus Chrome for Android. One advantage, many would argue, is the ability to use Quick controls. Quick controls for the Android browser were introduced in Android 4.0 and are exactly what the name implies — quick… controls.
With the introduction of Google Chrome for Android, it became apparent that Google was going to replace its trusty mobile browser for the convenience of a single synced browser experience. Many Android users wondered why Chrome wasn’t the default browser to begin with, but nevertheless, they were happy to see Chrome available, and ecstatic to see it becomes the default browser with the introduction of the Nexus 7. I was one of the happy Chrome for Android adopters, and while its adoption has awarded me with numerous features, it has not been without its nuisances.
Today Google updated its Chrome browser and introduced the ability to sync tabs across multiple devices. The update, along with the tab sync feature will be rolling out over the next couple weeks so you may or may not see it right away. I was able to update Chrome on both my laptop and desktop, however, only my laptop received the tab sync feature. I was hoping to give you a hands on across all of my devices but since my desktop lacks the tab sync, I’ll be showing you how it works across my laptop and Samsung Galaxy Nexus using Chrome Beta for Android.
Google’s latest Stable release of Chrome now includes the ability to sync tabs across multiple devices. As long as you are signed into Chrome, you’ll now have the ability to take your tabs with you when switching between work, home, mobile (with Chrome for Android beta), etc. Accessing them is quick and easy thanks to the new “Other devices” menu located on the New Tab page, and even the back and forward buttons will work, allowing you to pick up browsing right where you left off.