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All week we have been covering Google's decision to drop and fork WebKit to build its own web rendering engine called Blink. Today we are learning when the transition will begin taking place.
Google has confirmed that Blink will make its first official appearance in Chrome 28, which should release in this summer. In a Q&A session with the Chrome Development Community, Chrome developer advocate Paul Irish explained that "Blink is already integrated in Chrome Canary builds, and we can expect to see it in stable versions of the browser in about 10 weeks."
Blink is said to be faster, better coded, and overall a better rendering engine than WebKit. Web developers will not have to worry much about shifting standards in CSS or other code as Blink is a true fork of WebKit. There is a chance that we could see Blink built into upcoming beta releases of Chrome 28 as well, so keep an eye out.
According to NetMarketShare's latest numbers, Apple's web browser, Safari, has actually increased its market share despite the very strong competitors on the market such as Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome browsers.
Safari now enjoys a chunk of that mobile web browsing market share, with 61.7%. Android Browser is second in line with 21.8% and Opera Mini sits in third position with 8.4%. Just last month Safari accounted for 55% of mobile browsing, so that is a considerable surge for the last 30 days. Apple continue to dominate mobile web browsing with nothing to stop them at the moment.
Google Now has shown up in Chrome Canary for Windows. As previously predicted, Google Chrome is making its way towards the desktop, though it currently is still not usable on systems other than mobile or Chrome OS. Now that it has shown up in the desktop version, we can predict that its release is imminent.
Google Now is also present in the latest Chrome's notification center, though it still can't be used. We can say with some certainty that Google Now should come to the official Chrome browser within a few months. I know many of us are waiting for it as it really is quite amazing.
Like a machine, Google has pushed out another stable build of Chrome. This latest stable version of Chrome brings with it numerous improvements for spell checking. Some of the spell checking improvements are quite impressive, such as the ability to sync spell checking settings across all versions of Chrome.
The latest Chrome features a refreshed spell checking dictionary for all languages supported by Chrome. Chrome's spell checker now supports Korean, Tamil, and Albanian. Even more interesting is Chrome's ability to sync your dictionary across all the devices you use Chrome on. This means custom words added to your desktop version will be available on other installations.
Google Chrome will now allow the spell checker to "ask Google for suggestions." This new feature makes use of the same spell checker used by Google search. This means that Chrome now supports grammar checking, proper nouns, homonyms, and context-sensitive spell checking in English.
The new spell checking improvements are available on Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. Mac support is in the works.
Chromium expert Francis Beaufort was digging around the open source Chromium browser code and found crumbs of evidence that Google Now might be coming to Chrome for Windows and ChromeOS. This code was left behind by Google engineers who were working on the Chromium browser.
Google Now is one of the main features introduced in Android Jelly Bean. It has won numerous awards from websites and publications for being incredibly innovative. It was only a matter of time before Google Now was introduced into the Chrome browser. While it hasn't been introduced quite yet, Google's intentions do appear to show that it is coming.
But there is no sign of Google Now in Google Chrome for Mac. This is a curious move, but not completely unexpected. Google would, of course, like to keep key features away from its rival, but at what cost to the consumer? We'll know more when Google actually confirms the existence of Google Now in Chrome.
Microsoft will be pushing out an update to Internet Explorer 10 tomorrow that will enable Flash support for both Windows 8 and Windows RT. At the moment, the "full web" experience has been a bit held back on the desktop browser.
This was a move made by Microsoft to improve performance, battery life and touch experience. The update will see Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 & RT users able to access Flash content on most - but not all - websites. Some websites have been blacklisted by the Redmond-based giant due to their negative impact on the user experience.
Desktop-based IE10 users will be alright, with access to all Flash-enabled content.
According to Mozilla's Vice President Jay Sullivan, Apple's iOS won't be seeing a Firefox web browser app. The reason for this is easily understood: Apple won't allow an app to be set as the default web browser. This means that anytime a person clicks a link in an e-mail, Safari is opened by default.
Mozilla used to have a Firefox for iOS app up until it pulled the app in September of 2012. Sullivan says that Mozilla may change its stance, but only if Apple were to play fair and allow third-party web browsers to be set as the default.
Besides, Firefox doesn't really need Apple. Mozilla is currently working on Firefox OS, which, if it catches on, could easily make up for the small market share forgone by not dealing with Apple. Additionally, any other browsers won't benefit much by having an iOS version as they suffer from the same default browser issue.
Opera has released a completely redesigned version of its web browser that runs on Android, and is being billed by the company as "the best browser on Android." Opera says that they started from scratch to bring a fully native web browsing experience to your Android based smartphone.
Opera says that the new browser brings forth a new way to browse the web that is more elegant and efficient. The new Discover feature provides a panel in which you can read popular articles from the web based on your interest. Another new feature is "Speed Dial", a service that is similar to a bookmark folder, but streamlines the process of organizing favorited websites.
Like similar browsers, the search and URL bar are now combined, tabbed browsing is present, and users are able to save websites to their phone for viewing when not connected to a data source. Browsing history has also been simplified making it easy for the end-user to quickly find and revisit previously viewed sites.
Google have just pushed out Chrome 26 in beta form, which includes improved spell checking abilities with updated dictionaries and added support for Korean, Tamil and Albanian. You can also sync custom dictionaries across multiple devices.
Added dictionaries aren't the only things Chrome 26 receives, support for grammar, homonym and context-sensitive checking, which is the same technology we see baked into Google search and Docs. The improved engine will correct proper nouns, such as the misspelling of Stephen Spielberg - whereas "Steven" is the correct way of spelling his name. This feature is currently locked to English users who have to enable the "Ask Google for suggestions" spell check option.
Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) has been available for Windows 8 since the OS launch, but Windows 7 users were stuck with IE9 until now. This morning Microsoft released Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, which brings forth greater support for HTML5, improved speed and better privacy protection for users.
IE10 is said to be about 20% faster than its predecessor IE9, and utilizes DirectX 11 for the browser's graphics hardware acceleration speed-ups. HTML5 support is improved by more than 60% bringing forth a wealth of new feature rich web elements that developers will be sure to take advantage of.
Another feature worth noting is that Do Not Track is enabled by default. This feature blocks certain sites from tracking your browsing habits, such as Google who uses your browsing history to serve up targeted ads. Users must be running Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed in order to install Internet Explorer 10. You can download IE10 from the source link below.