Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 15:25 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Interesting theory, backed up by data, to explain the difference between Android device sales and browser usage share. "The stock Android browser in previous versions reportedly had problems rendering non-mobile optimized web-pages, leading to lower usage. If a user realized that certain webpages were improperly rendered on a mobile device, it would obviously lead to a drop in future browsing sessions from that device. Meanwhile, on Android 4.0, as consumers have realized that the browsing experience is more "desktop-like", it has led to an increase in browser usage."
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Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 18:16 UTC
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

On Android users have an option of Firefox which is superior to the default browser. Actually it's available there for quite a while, but not everyone knows about it.

Edited 2012-12-03 18:16 UTC

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by fatjoe on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 18:51 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

And lets not forget Opera Mini! I have used it almost exclusively on my phones since 2003.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by helf on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 18:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Me too! I've used it since it came available for WM6 and I'm using it now on my iPhone.

Long live Opera Mini!

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by zima on Thu 6th Dec 2012 17:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

And lets not forget Opera Mini! I have used it almost exclusively on my phones since 2003.

That's quite a feat, considering Opera Mini launched in 2005-2006 ;) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_Mini#History )

Back in 2003, you probably used Opera Mobile - which is a separate thing.

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by phoenix on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 19:35 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Well, to be fair, Firefox on Android has *SUCKED*, in so many ways, until very recently. Anyone trying to say it doesn't either has a skookum SoC, or hasn't really used Firefox until recently.

Trying to use Firefox prior to Sept 2012 on a 1 GHz single-core SoC was frustrating, and then some.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by fatjoe on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 22:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

Yeah, those old foxes where kinda meh, but these latest releases really fly even on the crappiest hardware (including sub $60 Chinnese tablets).

Once the open source flash support is added we can finally root-uninstall the stock browser + chrome and live ever happy after ;)

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 20:20 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Don't even get me started on Firefox Mobile.

Even if the browser was okay, All the mobile browsers that aren't Webkit render pages badly because a most developers use the -webkit extensions.

Edited 2012-12-03 20:22 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 21:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

It's the problem of illiterate developers, not the problem of browsers. Back in the day many sites were IE only either. That changed, thanks to Firefox to a big degree.

Edited 2012-12-03 21:33 UTC

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