Coast by Opera, my favorite alternative browser for the iPad, was updated this week – to Version 2.0. This latest version brings a few handy new features – including the ability to customize the background in the app with images from your own photo library.
Here’s the full change list for the 2.0 update:
* Easy wallpaper customization: just long press on the home screen to choose a new wallpaper or an image from your photo roll
* Fast back: going back is now instant in many cases
* Quickly open PDFs in other apps such as iBooks, your default PDF reader or Dropbox
* Bringing music to life: tiles with music or video playing come to life, and you can easily control your favorite music sites from the lock screen.
The Chrome app for the iPad has been updated again this week, to Version 28.0.1500.12. One of the most notable changes this update brings is the ability to open links in Google apps. This applies to links for YouTube, Maps, Google+,and Drive – all the better to keep us happily passing time with all those Google products while on an iOS device. This can be toggled on or off for each of the connected apps via Chrome settings.
This update brings a number of other substantial improvements as well – including full screen for iPad and enhancements to its already quite good voice search capabilities. Here’s the full change list:
• Interoperability with other Google Apps
◦ Option to open links for YouTube, Maps, G+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser.
• Enhancements to voice search
◦ Text-to-speech for all variations of English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese, and Korean.
◦ Toolbar controls are always available when using voice search
• Fullscreen on iPad
• Data cost savings
◦ Reduce data usage and speed up page load times. View data savings in Bandwidth Management settings. This feature is being rolled out and will be available to all users over time.
• Access to browser history
• Stability / security improvements and bug fixes
Dolphin Browser HD is an excellent, and free, alternative browser app for the iPad. It is one of our previous picks for Best Free iPad App of the Week and also one of our selections for Best iPad Apps of 2011.
The app has a host of nice features, but the one that is becoming a big favorite for me is Gestures. You can use simple gestures as shortcuts to some of your favorite web sites. It’s very easy and super slick to use.
So I did a little video demo to show how cool this feature is. Apologies for getting the app name slightly wrong – for some reason I inserted the word ‘web’ into its name while doing the video.
Here’s an App Store link for Dolphin Browser HD; it’s still a free app.
iChromy – the excellent Chrome-style browser app for the iPad – has been renamed, to Diigo Browser.
The app is part of Diigo Inc., the online bookmarking and information management service. The name change is part of an update to 2.0 for the app. Here’s the short change list for the update:
1) iChromy is renamed as Diigo Browser
2) Annotation feature is added to this version.
I think the old name was much better for this app, as for me at least the main attraction of it is the Chrome-style browser, not the new annotation abilities or links to Diigo. In any case this is still a very nice alternative browser for the iPad if you’re a fan of Chrome on the desktop.
Here’s an App Store link for Diigo Browser; it’s a free app.
iChromy – the Chrome-style browser for the iPad – has had a recent update, to Version 1.1. One of the notable additions is that it now offers more privacy when browsing, through a new ‘Incognito Mode’. It’s even got a slick dodgy looking spy guy icon that shows when you turn this new mode on.
This update brings a wealth of other new features and enhancements as well. Here’s the full change list:
★ More privacy
1) Incognito Mode
2) Clear password
3) Clear history
4) Clear Cookie
1) Find in page
2) Remember password
3) Quick Dial in new tap to help you access most
visited sites quickly.
4) Add .com, .edu, .gov, .net in the Omnibox
5) Save pictures to Photo App
6) More accurate URL suggestion in address bar
7) Tap status bar to scroll pages to top
Skyfire Web Browser for iPad – the Flash-enabling browser app that is one of the most popular and top grossing apps in the App Store – has had another update today, to Version 2.3.0.
Here’s what’s new in this latest version:
iPad 2.3.0 Delivers a better Skyfire User Experience with Site and Feature Specific Tips & Tricks, Updated Skyfire Support System and Localized Version of Skyfire in Seven New Languages.
• Localized Versions of Skyfire: Skyfire UI is now translated and accessible in seven new languages: Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Korean & Spanish
• Video Support Flow: We are continually striving to add more supported video sites & players each day – Our new video support flow makes it easy for users to connect directly with our engineers and support team for optimum customer service and to identify sites that need our immediate attention. We love the feedback and are working hard to make Skyfire for iPhone a 5 Star App (Thanks for rating us and sharing with your friends!)
• Related Sites Feature: Our video support team will continue to address sites that need attention – In the meanwhile, if you encounter a site that does not work via Skyfire, we are now making discovery of Skyfire supported sites accessible with the touch of the ‘Related Sites’ button. Clicking the ‘Related Sites’ button searches the web for comparable video sites and content, and delivers these web links conveniently to users – helping users find more video content via Skyfire.
And here’s an App Store link for Skyfire for iPad; it’s priced at $4.99.
Skyfire Web Browser for iPad – the hugely popular Flash-enabling browser app for the iPad – is on sale for a dollar off, down from $4.99 to $3.99.
It’s mentioned as a ‘March Sports Sale’ on its App Store page, so perhaps it will run through the rest of this month.
Here’s an App Store link for Skyfire Web Browser for iPad.
Skyfire—maker of the award-winning rich media browser for mobile devices—announces its first-ever “flash sale”, where it will be reducing the price for both its iPhone and iPad applications by $1.00. Download the reduced price Skyfire app while you can, because this limited time offer lasts a short 48 hours. The Flash Sale begins today at 9:00am (PST) and ends February 18, 2011 at 9:00am (PST).
Ha. A Flash Sale from the Flash-enabling browser – that seems quite fitting. Skyfire has already proved a very popular app on both iPad and iPhone – with the iPad version generating around 200,000 downloads in just its first three days on the App Store.
Today and tomorrow you can grab the app for $3.99 instead of its normal $4.99.
Here’s a Skyfire Web Browser for iPad App Store link.
Skyfire Web Browser for iPad – the popular browser app that allows you to play Flash content – has had a n update this week, to Version 2.1.1. Here’s what’s new in this version:
Many bug fixes, including:
• Faster URL entry with auto-complete
• Fixed empty history problem
• Private Browsing mode more robust
• Performance improvements
Oh, and a new icon I believe.
You can find this latest version of Skyfire in the App Store now, priced at $4.99.
Skyfire Web Browser for iPad is available in the App Store now.
Skyfire is the browser that enables Flash video on the iPad and iPhone, by doing the conversion to iOS-friendly format on their servers. Here’s more information on the app, straight from its App Store page:
WHAT IS SKYFIRE?
Finally on the iPad! Skyfire is the browser that not only allows you to view Flash Videos on iOS, but provides as well the best integration of social features for a quicker, more informative and most of all fun internet experience.
Double Up is a new browser app for the iPad, that lets you view two web pages at once.
Here’s a little more on it via its App Store description:
‘Double Up’ is the only iPad browser that offers side-by-side webpages using one, streamlined, toolbar. The minimalist design includes all the features you would expect from a modern web browser with more on the way.