One of the most popular features of any connected device, regardless of whether it is a desktop machine, mobile smartphone or a games console, is being able to get onto the internet and see what marvels are available. To be able to achieve this the device in question obviously needs to have some kind of web browser application that acts as the medium between the device and the user. With Google only recently releasing their Chrome browser onto the iOS App Store, mobile web browsing has been a recent topic of discussion, especially the performance issues that surround browsing.

When Chrome for iOS was launched, a number of people chose to focus on the fact that Google weren’t able to access Apple’s Nitro JavaScript engine to give lighting fast browsing, a fact that is relevant to all third-party browsers on the iOS platform. With the browsing speed topic still being relevant, the makers of the Dolphin browser for Android have released an updated version of the app that features a totally redesigned engine behind the scenes. The browser is currently offered in a beta capacity but promises to bring a whole new level of web browsing technology to Android powered mobile devices.

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Considering the existing Dolphin Browser is one of the more accomplished offerings available for Android devices, the introduction and promise of a lighting fast browsing experience is actually quite exciting for users. The updated version is also said to be bringing notable speed increases that claim to be up to ten times faster than the default Android browser. Apart from this, the new Dolphin experience scores extremely high on the HTML5 support test that is offered over at HTML5test.com. With the HTML5 language playing a more prominent role in new and emerging websites, offering this advanced support for HTML5 is vital.

The latest update to Dolphin brings full support for those lucky users who are using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on devices like the new Nexus 7. Version 1.0.4 is also said to be 100% faster than the native Chrome browser that is offered on Jelly Bean as well as bringing full support for web worker, web sockets and web audio as well as WebGL. Don’t worry if you aren’t running Jelly Bean on your device, the developers have also brought some serious stability enhancements and improvements for all devices powered by Android 2.3 and above.

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It’s extremely exciting to see effort of this magnitude being put into creating a browser that offers lighting fast web support for users on Android. If you are interested in trying out this latest beta version of the Dolphin Browser, you can grab the required APK file from the source thread at XDA-Developers.

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