A Google spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that the search giant is working on a Metro-style version of Chrome for Windows 8. The Metro version will be based on the company’s standard desktop browser, rather than Google’s mobile Android version. “Our goal is to be able to offer our users a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms, which includes both the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8,” the spokesperson said. “To that end we’re in the process of building a Metro version of Chrome along with improving desktop Chrome in Windows 8 such as adding enhanced touch support.” The company’s confirmation comes a month after Mozilla announced plans for a Metro-style Firefox browser for Windows 8. Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is slated to be released later this year. More →
The built-in Android web browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, according to StatCounter. Android’s browser overcame Research in Motion’s BlackBerry browser in March 2011 to capture fourth place. Since then, the browser has grown at a rapid rate, passing Nokia, Apple and Opera’s mobile web browsers. In February 2012, Android had a 22.67% market share, beating out Opera’s 21.7% share for the first time ever. Apple’s iPhone browser continues to make gains with a share of 21.06%, while Nokia and BlackBerry continue to fall with an 11.24% and 6.53% market share. StatCounter does, however, account for the iPhone and iPod touch browsers separately, and combined they propel Apple’s iOS browser to first place, with a market share of 25.36%. The iPad is not included. More →
It’s been a long time coming, but the day is finally here. At the end of tonight, the servers that made your Sidekick devices so great — that insanely addictive push email, one of the best AIM experiences, one of the first app stores, and more — will be shut down for good. Since the Danger Sidekick devices were tied directly to the cloud, the devices had limited memory. What this means is that since there will no longer be data on the server, the data on your Sidekick will erase if your phone loses it’s charge. T-Mobile has recommended that Sidekick users go into T-Mobile locations to help get their data backed up, but if you’ve missed the boat, you can hit up your online T-Mobile account at the link below to access and export your data for free.
Note: the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, the company’s latest Sidekick (Android, not Danger) is not at risk of losing data or service. More →
While Apple’s iPhone had a head start, there’s just no stopping Google’s Android OS as far as market share is concern. What’s interesting is that, generally, web browsing on an iPhone had been a much more enjoyable experience, thus the higher web browsing stats from the iPhone versus other smartphones. Fast forward to today, and web browsing is pretty comparable on both platforms, with each having their strengths and weaknesses. For the first time ever, our internal statistics showed that Android phones visited the BGR site more than iPhone users in May, making Android the most used smartphone platform for browsing on BGR.com. The iPhone isn’t far behind with around 1% separating the two, and iOS devices combined (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) absolutely drawf Android at over 61% of total mobile browsing share compared to Android’s 35%. Another bit of data we found interesting? It’s pretty sad to see, but iPod touch users actually use web browsing on their devices more than BlackBerry users, with BlackBerry users only making up 2.01% of the mobile browsing on BGR compared to 2.98% for the iPod touch.
We just returned from our friendly local Apple store and waded through the chaos to grab a pair of iPad 2 models to share with you — one white and one black. Our initial impressions? Apple has really evolved the tablet category it pioneered, and in almost every way possible. The iPad 2 is thinner, lighter and faster than the first-generation model it replaces. The end result is that the iPad 2 feels like something you want to use more and more, even more so than the first unit. Apps launch instantly, Web browsing is much faster and Photo Booth is ridiculously cool, if not completely useless except for those rare occasions. We obviously haven’t had enough time to go in-depth with things like the cameras or battery yet, but that’s all coming soon. For now, check out some photos of both models after the break in our gallery.
iPhone 3G owners have had a rough time lately. First, they missed out on some of the best new features iOS 4 had to offer. Then, the watered down version of iOS 4 they finally got their hands on slowed performance to a near-crawl in most cases. But don’t worry, iPhone 3G owners, some long overdue good news is finally coming your way… iOS 4.2 will bring much needed performance improvements when it finally reaches consumers. Using the Gold Master build of the software, TiPb was nice enough to give us all an early taste of the new OS version on video. As you can see very clearly, the phone shows marked improvements compared to the latest public OS build. In fact, it’s almost on par with iOS 3 on the iPhone 3G. Hit the jump for the full video and if you’re an iPhone 3G owner, get ready to breathe a sigh of relief. More →
Been wondering about that BlackBerry tablet device you have been hearing about lately? We have some exclusive information to share with you. We have confirmed with multiple sources that the 8.9″ BlackBerry tablet will be strictly a “companion” device. If you are wondering what it is all about, take a good hard look at the Palm Foleo. Yes, the BlackBerry tablet will not have any cellular networking built in, and will rely on either a Bluetooth connection to your BlackBerry or the built-in Wi-Fi radio. Additionally, we are hearing that the launch of the tablet is slated for December, but the team working on the project is trying to get it out to the marketplace sooner than that. Lastly, the focus of the device is said to be multimedia — think e-books, emailing, web browsing, photo viewing. To be honest, as a complementary device that is coming from RIM, we are not sure why they are even trying here. Especially since RIM employees have privately voiced their frustration to us regarding this initiative.
UPDATE: I skipped over one piece of information from one of my RIM sources, and the reason could have been that my mind just couldn’t process what I was reading. Anyway, it appears that up until at least pre-iPad announcement, RIM had a monochrome version of a tablet device in their wings. Yes, you heard correct — it looks like RIM was, at least one time, trying to build a Kindle competitor. More →