Opera might not be as popular among Android users as Chrome but the browser definitely gets many things right compared to the latter. Today, the Opera team has released a major v20 update to their browser with some major under the hood improvements and changes.
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HTC has begun rolling out its Android 4.4 KitKat update to One handsets across Europe. The 308MB release adds a number of new features, including support for the Cloud Print service and Bluetooth profiles, and improves security. It also kills HTC’s own web browser and support for Adobe Flash in favor of Chrome.
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.
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.