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Any Android phone or tablet comes supplied with a web browser installed — depending on your carrier or manufacturer you’re likely to find that it is either terrible or just about bearable. But few people stick with the default browser for long and there are now plenty of alternatives to choose from. The likes of Chrome, Firefox and Opera prove about as popular on mobile devices as on desktop computers, but in fact there is even more choice. Next Browser comes from the company best known for producing Go Launcher, and we thought we’d take a look to see how it compared to the competition. (more…)

Seven years ago on this March 10th, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived at Mars. Or, if you prefer thinking back all the way to the turn of the millenium, it’s the day we remember as the peak of the dotcom bubble.

But here, in 2013, March 10th signals the end of another week of Android news. Samsung’s spent the week preparing to launch the Galaxy S IV on Thursday while Google has reveled in the news that versions of the fourth major generation of Android now surpass the popularity of Gingerbread. Let’s jump in and see what’s been happening!

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Your Android tablet comes pre-installed with a browser that, for most, is a clean and efficient way to access webpages. It certainly does the job well, but there are many instances when you might need something else, maybe more speed or options, so you’ll be looking into alternatives. There’s a variety of both first and third-party Android browser, including the well-received Chrome for Android.

In this roundup, we’ll take a look at a handful of the tablet-optimised browsers available for you on the Google Play store.

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Android’s built-in browser is cool, but it’s not awesome; there’s plenty of room for improvement. Opera aims to block that gaping hole with a much clearer, more attractive user interface.

Opera Mini (a lightweight version of Opera’s Android browser) is one of several alternative browsers available on the Marketplace and integrates a number of tactics not normally found in the built-in browser. For example, Opera uses server compression technologies to minimize both load times and data usage. It’s my Android browser of choice, so let’s get tapping! (more…)

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