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Dolphin Browser HD for Android getting a major speed boost

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Dolphin Browser HD for Android getting a major speed boost
Dolphin Browser HD, one of the most popular add-on browsers for Android and iOS, is working on a major upgrade to the underlying webkit rendering engine of their Android browser (like other browser makers, they are constrained as to what technology they can add to the iOS version).  They claim to be both the fastest and the most accurate HTML5 mobile browser out there. Brief testing confirms that seems substantially faster than using the Chrome for Android beta browser on content-heavy pages like PhoneArena.

Whether the UI is as clean and nice as Chrome for Android is more an issue of preference, but the new Dolphin Browser HD beta does have two clear advantages for (some) users; Dolphin will run on any remotely modern Android phone (it only requires version 2.0.1 or higher), and it renders Flash content. In fact it’s surprisingly fast at rendering Flash-heavy websites, and hard not to imagine Adobe wishing this update could have rolled out a year or two earlier.

Testing with a dozen or so websites suggests that the new beta version is stable enough for regular use, so if you’re a Dolphin user it’s worth hitting up the source link to nab the beta. Owners of Android handsets that lack 4.0 ICS (which is around 9 in 10 of them as of last month) may also want to check it out, if they find that the stock Android browser isn’t fast enough for your web surfing needs.

Dolphin Browser HD for Android getting a major speed boost

source: Dolphin via The Verge

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posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:39 1

1. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


The best of the rest... with loads a add-on, and better
than Google chrome..

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:48

2. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I dunno. I still might use Chrome for the sake of synchronization of tabs and bookmarks across devices.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:21 1

3. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


In regards to the title, you should probably use something along the lines of speed boost instead of speed bump, since speed bump is used more for slowing down.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:34 1

4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Dolphin is still the best for non-ICS phones.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 18:28

5. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I personally love the browser and I am using it right now. Definitely getting the update right now.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 18:56

6. sprockkets (Posts: 940; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Dolphin is great. Chrome beta still is in, well, beta. They have a few nagging bugs like the scrolling issue and a few others that are already acknowledged and in progress. Stock ICS brower has less overhead though vs Chrome.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 20:20 1

7. networkdood (Posts: 5538; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


"...one of the most popular add-on browsers for and iOS..."

for ???

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:35

10. matrix_neo (Posts: 307; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


For android maybe... I want to comment about it also but you wrote it first;-)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 22:38

8. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I still love the stock ICS browser for its synchronisation with desktop Chrome, and i love opera for its lightweight data usage.. but i love dolphin too.. it's the best third party browser out there..

Is it normal to have 3 different browsers at one time? :P

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:26

9. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 269; Member since: 07 May 2012)


absolutely, becuase they all lack a feature that you want on one,and cant get on the other one.there aint no ultimate browser....YET!!!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:39 1

11. matrix_neo (Posts: 307; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I still prefer dolphin, it's fast and easy to use. Every time I opened pa site, I'm using dolphin browser, ehem actually I'm using it right now in my galaxy tab 7.7

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