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Featured: Android browser competition: Google’s confidence rises above

July 23, 2012 - Written By Rafael Martinez

Google Chrome users have seen it’s clear difference from Safari and others such as Dolphin, Opera and UC browser to name some of the main competitors. But what does Mozilla Firefox have that can outweigh my personal favorite and others as well, Google Chrome?

Google Chrome’s approach, I’ve noticed, is geared to get other users on non-Android based devices to see what they’re missing out on. Sure, some of the other browsers resemble Google’s version, but do they match up entirely with its fluidity, resources and features?

Firefox is taking a shot, which in my opinion is a miss. Firefox is only available on Android, not on an iPhone, iPad or even the upcoming Windows RT tablet. Why you may ask? Could be control. Look at Google’s approach in-depth and you’ll see that Google accepts competition openly and confidently allowing any other browser on its platforms side by side. I myself wondered why though that Google Chrome was available and receiving updates on iOS devices. Confident competition. Let users of other platforms check out what Google’s got and want more! It’s brilliant. They could have easily blocked all competition, become a “ban spammer”, loading others similar devices with patent infringements like someone else we know…wink wink. But this is obviously not the case. Google keeps it together though, not sharing it’s brilliant features but sharing it’s place to compete. See how Google’s art project (which is a new Google side project/world in which you can delve through loads of pieces of art, view them with detailed accuracy, learn about them and collect pieces into your own galleries as well as many other features) with the Tate Museum entitled, “This Exquisite Forest“, those using a non-Chrome browser will get their Youtube video on the page but will also receive a message urging and warning users that their the current site has feature not supported by their browser and to try Google Chrome. This is an example of Chrome’s fight for success and credence in the browser world.

On iOS, browsers have to adapt into their Webkit browser engine for the processing and displaying of web pages, while on Microsoft’s RT version of Windows for ARM processors, heavier hardware controlling are withheld from those that IE is able to have. This has caused Mozilla some hardship but they are already planning on and working to maneuver around these barriers. Firefox developed its iOS browser work-around called “Junior” as Google created its iOS supported Chrome version. Chrome’s look clearly stands alone from Safari with it’s over-layed tabs appearance, SPDY web enhancing technology, tab and webpage syncing, bookmarks and other Google user settings. Chrome still allows its iOS version to take use of its SPDY support for a speedy web experience but Chrome’s usual browser engine alone processes Javascript and HTML.  Also, on iOS’s browser, you can’t set a foreign browser to default, unlike on Android. Another thing to think about.

Now here come’s Firefox on Android.

Even though third-party browsers are allowed, the task is difficult, especially for Mozilla who has had to redevelop its Firefox on Android endeavor to facilitate a native and quicker interface which is barely used due to it’s not be pre-installed. Only recently has its revamped version appeared on Android and even though it’s smooth and quick as I myself have noticed trying it out, it’s still only a beta and it also has been prone to crashes and lack of multi-tab tasking. Even ignoring it’s minor and hopefully temporary flaws, why would I need it’s syncing feature when I don’t use Firefox on my notebook/laptop/computer? If you do, then great, go for it, but realize it’s not a Google Chrome.

Although it was recently noted that Google Chrome has gained 310 million users along with coming (though in limited-form) to iOS devices, it still welcomes the competition of other admired browsers such as : Dolphin HD, Dolphin Mini, Firefox, Opera Mobile, Opera Mini, Skyfire Web Browser, UC browser and many more. Everyone has their preferences, but like the comparison of iOS to Android OS, it comes down to what you can do and in my opinion, Google Chrome is like an open book with the pen in your hand.