Dolphin Browser HD 8.0 launches with redesigned Sonar and Gesture

Daniel Bader

April 12, 2012 10:11am

Dolphin Browser HD has been one of the most popular third-party Android browsers for a long time now, and has only improved since it was purchased by MoboTap, reaching version 8.0 today. While this isn’t the complete redesign many were hoping for, it makes improvements in the areas that were either ugliest or most-used.

For starters, the often-maligned gesture bar has been tweaked with a new icon on the bottom left and easy access to the new Sonar feature, in addition to traditional drawn gestures. The company found that users were using the voice-activated Sonar feature more than its drawing-based alternative, so they have made it the default form of input when the button is pressed. From my time using Sonar, which allows you to search using your voice, it works quite well, but does not handily beat Google’s own voice search that is built into the OS.

The company has overhauled its menu system, too: swiping from left to right at the edge of a web page will bring up the new bookmarks bar, which is cleaner than in previous versions, while swiping right  to left shows the new Add-on Sidebar. Dolphin has gotten quite well known for its add-on system, which is very much like the extensions you’ll find in Chrome or Firefox. From Lastpass to Read it Later to Translate, there are now dozens of add-ons to suit everyones’ needs. Many of them are merely portals to existing web pages, but some, like Lastpass, are quite useful.

Another nice addition to the app is the new context menu when you press and hold your finger on a page. You are now given three options: Select Text, Find on Page, or Close Tab. Selecting text will allow you to copy, search, share or translate that particular section of text. It’s very much like what Apple has incorporated iOS on a larger scale.

Overall a nice update to a free product, and with its Dolphin Sync you can keep your browser tabs, settings and bookmarks synced across devices.

Download Dolphin Browser HD 8.0 from Google Play.

  • mattprime86

    Been using this for about a month and I must say it is my favourite browser so far.

    Will DL update later and I hope the improvements are actually that.

  • excessdan

    love the browser but it still hangs often when tapping links and just won’t load anything until i fully exit the app and reload it. it’s pretty frustrating but i can’t go back to the default browser that doesn’t allow for permanent desktop mode

  • woohoo

    I think they finally fix my issue with force close.

    Going to be using it again. Still my favourite browser.

    Chrome is great, but still needs ALOT of development. Still not quite smooth and experiencing minor bugs.

  • mb

    quite buggy if you ask me…I’ll stay with opera mobile.

  • Spikedlemon

    It’s still funny for me: Dolphin still hangs and crashes on me. I hope this gets repaired – along with some additional speed.

  • GPrime

    I like ICS browser+ personally, but I’ll give this a shot

  • Zee

    Another One Bites The Dust

  • Nathan

    Thanks for the article!!!! I was having trouble finding the find on page function.