Dolphin Browser Beta updated with Android 4.2 support and performance improvements

Daniel Bader

December 3, 2012 1:19 pm

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.

Source: Google Play
Via: Android Police

  • Max

    Boat browser is still the best browser out there.

  • hmmmm

    JUST GOT AN EMAIL FROM GOOGLE PLAY
    NEXUS 4 AVAILABLE AT NOON, PST

  • EvanKr

    Is it just me, or has Chrome seemed a bit slower in 4.2?

    • Dave

      Idk about the browser, but in general, after an OTA update for my N7, the whole OS seems to be a little more laggy (not a huuuge difference but i compared it with my brother who got his N7 a little after i updated and ran a comparison), from scrolling the main screen to opening apps, hopefully they’ll fix these bugs promptly in an OTA update

  • Collin Lewis

    Chrome for the win, dolphin is way to laggy on n7

  • Canucks4Life

    I find Dolphin works much better than Chrome on my N7 especially on certain realty websites.

  • Hilman

    If Chrome had a quicker way of getting your bookmarks like the left swipe of Dolphin, I would change in a heartbeat. But for now, Dolphin will be my main browsing app.

  • Matrix

    Dolphin is the best on my GS3.
    Chrome drain more battery (even worse with the bookmarks sync)

  • Jimmy

    The best browser! only one I use.