December 3, 2012 1:19pm
In October, we ran a poll to determine our readers’ favourite Android browser. After nearly 5,000 votes were cast, Chrome for Android won by the landslide with just under half of the votes. But it was plucky Dolphin Browser, which has been around since the beginning, that surprised us, earning 17% of the vote,
Dolphin receives regular updates, both to its main and beta branch, and the latest version of the latter is a nice upgrade on its own. With support for Android 4.2, Dolphin Beta now works well on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus running the latest update, and scrolls smoother and more accurately.
It also takes a page out of Chrome and pre-fetches content behind links it algorithmically thinks you’re likely to click on (WiFi-only), a bandwidth-sapping feature I’m not a fan of, but it’s there if you want it.
The browser’s tab and address bar have been updated for Android tablets, so they work better and take up less room.
If you’re not entirely sold on Chrome for Android, or are still running Gingerbread, take a look at Dolphin Browser Beta.