In November, Google Chrome surpassed 1 per cent of web usage in smartphones and tablets. The market increase is from Android users so far, although the Chrome has been released to iOS in June, it only accounted for 0.01 per cent in the same month.
chromesos.com Google Chrome accounts for only 16% market share versus Microsoft Internet Explorer's 54% share.
The browser engine is only available for Android devices running version 4.0 and later, which that a lot users from the previous version are unable to use the features of Chrome which could have been more market gain to Google.
Google Chrome is just one of the many browsers in the market available to smartphones and tablets. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Opera have mobile version as well. These browsers are very popular in desktop computers and have different features from each other with add-ons which are why these web browsers are sometimes installed together in computers.
More browsers are coming out in the market for try outs in smartphone devices. Here are three new ones.
UCWEB Mobile Browser
Popular in China, this mobile web browser increases speeds by not loading web pages on the phone but instead compressing and rendering them on a server, similar to the operation of a thin client.
UCWEB is available in several platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian with the latest version of 8.7 which has Smart Account Manager and save pages easy.
It is a mobile web browser for Java MIDP 2.0 that works in cooperation with Teashark servers which transcode Web sites and then sends the results to the mobile device like Opera Mini. It features a preview-based history, tabbed browsing of up to 3 to 4 pages open at a time, list of all visited pages such as desktop browsers, and bookmarking.
Skyfire Web Browser
This is a mobile web browser from Skyfire Labs Inc. with platform support in Android and iOS. It features rendered output relaying to the browser to display content, full desktop web browsing without a need for a powerful mobile device, Adobe Flash, Silverlight, Quicktime, Windows Media support, and more video codecs support.
A lot more are available for users to try free and compare speed, performance and features from one another such as Maxthon, Boat, Dolphin, Espier and Ninesky which offer similar features with good interface.