Internet Explorer Might as Well Be Non-Existent

Internet users have long poked fun at Internet Explorer and any of its users. While the browser can be used across any mobile broadband connection, it hasn’t exactly been a favorite of the internet savvy. Earlier this year, there was even a faux study released that suggested that internet users who preferred Internet Explorer were actually less intelligent than other internet users who chose different browsers.

In spite of these jabs and the negative commentary, however, Internet Explorer had continued to account for over 50 percent of all web browsers used – mainly because it came with every computer that operated on Windows. It’s hold, however, ended in October.

Due to the increase in Apple products using Safari, such as the iPhone and iPad, and Firefox’s growing popularity, Internet Explorer is no longer able to account for over 50 percent of browsing on the web – a percentage it relinquishes after a decade long hold. The only area in which the browser maintains its majority status, at 52.63 percent, is with desktop browsers – otherwise, it is becoming more and more obsolete, especially as the dependency on mobile browsing rises.

As of right now, Internet Explorer only accounts for 6 percent of browsing on smartphones and tablets. Safari on the other hand, has a majority of the mobile market with an astonishing 62.17 percent – most of which the iPhone can be thanked. Firefox, which is the second most popular overall browser, accounts for 21.20 percent of traffic, while Chrome and Safari account for just a fraction more than Firefox when combined.

While Internet Explorer is still the most widely used browser, most people are wondering who actually still uses IE, and a majority of those users are most likely those who are too lazy to change their default browser after they purchased a PC operating on Windows.

Unfortunately, Internet Explorer will only continue to lose ground as more and more mobile devices take over where desktops and laptops leave off. Simply put, people love their smartphones and tablets because of their portability, and their use has exponentially grown over the first year alone. Unless Internet Explorer evolves to offer an exceptional browsing experience, it will most likely lose out to Firefox in the near future and become nonexistent in the mobile browsing world.

Which really isn’t all the bad considering that only those of lower intelligence actually uses the browser. It’s simply a matter of survival of the fittest.

Google Chrome Extensions For YouTube, Docs & Calendar Released

Google has announced the release of three new extensions for their Chrome browser that will integrate its offerings with the browser in a much better way. The new extensions are for Google Docs, Calendar and YouTube. The extensions bring easy access to each of these products from the browser window. For instance, installing the Calendar extension will let the user be notified of appointments from the browser. Also, you can check out the directions to a location if the schedules contain references to location.

Similarly, the Google Docs extension helps the user to easily copy and paste images and text from the web clipboard to a Google Docs file. The YouTube extension gives the user direct access to videos from friends besides notifying the user about new updates to their YouTube feed.

You can click and download each of the extensions by using the links below

Google Calendar Extension
Google Docs Extension
YouTube Extension

New Opera Mobile Browser For Android Released

A few weeks back, we had written about the imminent launch of the Opera Mobile browser for Android – a full fledged mobile browser for the Android platform that would be a much more comprehensive web browser offering from Opera compared to Opera Mini that has been in the marketplace for close to six months.

This application has now been released for download. The new Opera Mobile 10.1 beta application comes with features like

  • Speedy page loading thanks to Opera Turbo
  • Smooth navigation controls – scrolling, zooming and panning
  • Speed dial
  • Visual tabs for easy tab management
  • geolocation support
  • Bookmark-syncing across devices
  • SVG support

This is not the first time Opera Mobile for Android is releasing though. The product was already available for the Norwegian OEM partners until now. The browser supports a number of languages including Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. You can check out the application by clicking here.

Download Firefox 4 Beta For Android Phones Now

Mozilla foundation has announced that the latest version of Firefox 4 beta for mobile phones is now out and is ready for download. If you own one of the Android or Maemo devices, you can hit the Mozilla website straightaway to download the latest version (Check out our earlier coverage of Firefox).

The new version is available for download in 10 languages and does not come with too many new features though it includes a new theme along with improved tabbed browsing functionalities. The main purpose of the release appears to be improved performance of the application. Firefox 4 beta for Mobile is said to be 60% smaller than the earlier version in its installation size. Also, this browser is said to be 25% faster than the stock browser that comes with the Android phones.

Mozilla makes an important point on their blog. Some technical limitations on Android OS would mean that upgrading the application to the new version will not automatically remove the older files that are no longer needed. So in case you are particular about the file size, consider uninstalling the older version and then install this new version of Firefox Mobile.

Download Firefox For Android & Maemo Now

Following upon the promise made late last month, Mozilla has now announced that their full fledged browser for Android OS and Maemo are now available for download as public betas. These new Firefox 4 beta for mobile can be downloaded on your Android or Maemo phones by clicking here.

Mozilla has pointed out one of the best things about this new browser application is its responsiveness and performance. The browser is also integrated with Firefox Sync to create a seamless browsing experience across several platforms. The new features in this latest version release include

  • Pinch-to-zoom (Android), double-tap, or use the volume rocker (Nokia N900) to zoom in and out
  • Tabbed browsing in thumbnail view lets you easily see and open the site you want
  • Location-Aware Browsing gives you content and info relevant to your location
  • Find in Page in the Site Menu lets you quickly find text on the webpage
  • Add Search Engine in the Site Menu lets you quickly add a new search engine to your Awesome Screen
  • Context Menu lets you Open in New Tab and Share by long tapping and holding a link
  • Password Manager lets you choose to remember site password to avoid typing

Considering that a full fledged Firefox app for the iPhone or Blackberry is not coming anytime soon, this is really a great time to be an Android user. What do you think?

Which Is The Fastest Web Browser For Android OS?

Now isn’t it great that unlike the iOS, where the approval of every mobile web brower application is anticipated with bated breath, users of an open system like Android can easily have a number of mobile browsers depending on their personal preferences? So which among the popular Android browsers is the best? One of the metrics that is of primary importance is the loading time. PC World has conducted a study of this metric across a number of Android browsers and here are the results.

Android browser speed test

As you can see, SkyFire is easily the best in terms of loading speed. The average live site takes just 8 seconds to load the page in comparison to Fennec Alpha that takes close to triple the time at 23.8 seconds. Other browsers that have impressed in the study are Opera Mini and Android 2.2 Stock browser that take 11.4 seconds and 11.3 seconds to respectively load websites.

Which is your favorite browser?

Adobe Flash Video On iPhone Could Be Coming Soon

Though Steve Jobs preaches openness and open standards at the drop of a hat, we do know Apple does not exactly practice this and their ecosystem is pretty much closed and controlled. No doubt, Adobe Flash hasn’t made it to the iOS till this day.

However, that could change soon if claims by a third party app developer is anything to go by. Developers of SkyFire, a browser application that has been recently submitted to the App Store for approval claim that their app will be able to handle Flash content without infringing on any of the functionalities that Apple objects to. The mobile browser does not actually play Flash or transcode its content. Instead, the iPhone app makes use of a proxy browser to remotely interpret and convert Flash content to an iPhone supported format. SkyFire claims that the application has been built with sufficient feedback from Apple and so they should not have much trouble getting approved.

This does not however mean you can hit straight into addictinggames.com to play Flash games. Because of the technology used, users will only be able to view flash content and cannot actually interact with them. That would mean, only Flash videos (and banner ads?) will now be rendered without fuss.

iOS Vs. Windows Phone 7 – Browser Speed Test

Windows Phone 7 devices may not have launched as yet. But the platform has been showing a lot of promise since the time it was unveiled by Microsoft earlier this year. So how does this platform compare with the hyped iOS platform? PocketNow.com has performed an elaborate video comparison of the IE on a Windows Phone 7 based LG smartphone with Mobile Safari on an iPhone and with an Android handset. The video shows that IE on Windows Phone 7 is pretty much competitive with the browser load speed on the other two phones. However, do note that this is not the final version and there may be a few kinks that Microsoft may still be ironing out. Also, if Microsoft does end up bringing Flash on the device, expect some drop in performance too. But considering that the Windows Phone 7 phone here brings some interesting features like multiple tab management to the smartphone, it already holds a significant advantage over the iPhone.

This video should give you a good idea of how a Windows Phone 7 device would work out. I am excited about this!