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Date: Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:28

Apple's iOS continues to generate significantly more U.S. mobile Web traffic than Google's rival Android mobile operating system, fueling the opinion that iPhone and iPad users are more engaged with their devices than consumers across other mobile platforms, investment bank Piper Jaffray reports.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, Apple, Google, iOS, Metrics, Me..."
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Date: Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:11

Verizon Wireless inked an exclusive content distribution agreement to preload the AOL.com mobile Web portal across its Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones and selected tablets.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, AOL, BlackBerry, Mobile Web, Mo..."
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 13:38

Facebook is redesigning its mobile Pages platform to help consumers more efficiently access local merchant information on the go.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, Facebook, Facebook Pages, Fours..."
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 11:43

Yahoo app

Yahoo is rolling out an overhauled version of its flagship application for Apple's iOS, integrating technology from mobile news app Summly, which it acquired for a reported $30 million late last month.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "iOS, Mobile Applications, Mobile Search,..."
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 13:29

Mobile browser page load speeds have accelerated around 30 percent over the last 12 months, Google reports.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Google, Metrics, Metrics and Analytics, ..."
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Date: Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 14:23

Google released new versions of its Chrome browser beta for Android and Apple iOS, highlighted by full-screen viewing options.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, Chrome, Google, iOS, Mobile Web..."
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Date: Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 12:08

Apple and Yahoo are in discussions to integrate Yahoo Web services more deeply into the iPhone and iPad user experience, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Apple, Google, iOS, Mobile Platforms, Mo..."
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Date: Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 14:57

Twitter is rolling out a revamped version of its Android application, promising users a more native experience crafted in line with the design principles Google introduced with the release of its Android 4.0 OS update.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, iOS, Mobile Applications, Mobil..."
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Date: Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 12:59

Google is launching Blink, an open-source rendering engine spinning out of WebKit, the engine powering browsers including the company's own Chrome as well as archrival Apple's Safari.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Apple, Blink, Chrome, Google, Mobile Web..."
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Date: Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 11:42

Mozilla is collaborating with Samsung Electronics to build Servo, an experimental Web browser optimized for mobile devices running Google's Android operating system and ARM processors.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, Firefox, Mobile Web, Mobile Web..."
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Date: Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 15:03

The average U.S. consumer now spends an average of 2 hours and 38 minutes per day on smartphones and tablets, dedicating 80 percent of that time--about 2 hours and 7 minutes--to mobile applications and the remaining 31 minutes to surfing the mobile Web, mobile app analytics firm Flurry reports.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, Apple, Flurry, iOS, Metrics, Me..."
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Date: Friday, 15 Mar 2013 20:00

Developers have long complained of the fractured nature of mobile app development, requiring them to rebuild apps for each specific mobile platform they want to target. HTML5 has been touted as the solution--a way to create content once and publish everywhere, giving users the content they want on whatever device they are using. However, there are still problems with implementing certain types of apps in HTML5.

Author: "Sandhya Raman" Tags: "Editor's Corner, HTML5, Ludei, Mobile Ap..."
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Date: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 14:09

Eighty-five percent of consumers prefer mobile applications over mobile Websites, explaining native apps offer a more convenient and faster experience that simplifies access to information, according to a new survey conducted by IT firm Compuware.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "App Stores, Compuware, Metrics, Metrics ..."
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Date: Monday, 11 Mar 2013 12:00

Mozilla said it will not expand its Firefox browser to the iOS mobile operating system until Apple relaxes its stance against third-party browser technology.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Apple, Firefox, iOS, Mobile Web, Mobile ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 14:47

Samsung Electronics' next flagship Android smartphone will introduce new software that tracks the movement of the user's eyes to scroll text and digital content, The New York Times reports.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, Devices, Eye-Scrolling, Mobile ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 13:24

Less than a month after confirming plans to scrap its Presto rendering engine in favor of WebKit, Opera Software released the first version of its WebKit-based mobile browser for Google's Android operating system.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Google Play, Mobile Web, Mobile Web, Ope..."
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Date: Monday, 04 Mar 2013 13:48

Yahoo for BlackBerry

Yahoo is streamlining its product lineup, eliminating a series of mobile and Web properties including its news and messaging app for BlackBerry.

Author: "Jason Ankeny" Tags: "Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Marissa Mayer,..."
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 12:55

More than 90 Opera Software employees have exited the browser maker's ranks as it shifts from its own Presto rendering engine to WebKit, a move to increase its competitiveness on Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS.

Digi.no first reported on the staff changes, which have trimmed the Opera workforce from 931 full-time employees to 840, a reduction of about 10 percent. Software developers account for about half of all staffers who left the company, with the remainder coming from segments including marketing and sales. Opera said that the job losses were voluntary redundancies rather than involuntary layoffs, with all who resigned offered support and severance packages.

Last week, Opera announced it will make a "gradual transition" to WebKit in order "to provide a leading browser on Android and iOS." Opera additionally will support V8 as its JavaScript engine and will contribute to the open-source Chromium framework project. Opera Vice President of Communications Nils Broström told Ars Technica that embracing WebKit means the firm can "put our clever people on developing end user benefits and innovations rather than developing and maintaining our own core." Opera will preview its first WebKit-powered Android browser later this month at the Mobile World Congress 2013 event.

More than 300 million consumers worldwide now use Opera's browsers each month across all platforms. Last week, the company acquired rival mobile browser maker Skyfire Labs in a cash and stock deal that could be worth as much as $155 million. Skyfire for iPhone allows consumers to run Adobe Flash-based content, working around Apple's restrictions on the Flash runtime by translating video content into the HTML5 Web standard.

Skyfire also offers Rocket Optimizer, a cloud-based solution that automatically reduces the size of video and multimedia content to fit the available bandwidth, promising mobile operators a 60 percent boost in network capacity, as well as Skyfire Horizon, a mobile browser extension and toolbar platform enabling carriers to integrate recommendations, promotions and advertising.

For more:
- read this Ars Technica article
- read this Next Web article

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Author: "Jason" Tags: "Android, Chutes & Ladders, iOS, Mobile W..."
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Date: Friday, 15 Feb 2013 13:03

Opera Software has acquired rival mobile browser maker Skyfire Labs in a cash and stock deal that could be worth as much as $155 million. The deal includes an upfront consideration of $50 million, bolstered by performance-based payments over the next three years.

Skyfire is best known for its eponymous browser, available across Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platforms. Skyfire for iPhone allows consumers to run Adobe Flash-based content, working around Apple's restrictions on the Flash runtime by translating video content into the HTML5 Web standard.

Skyfire also offers Rocket Optimizer, a cloud-based solution that automatically reduces the size of video and multimedia content to fit the available bandwidth, promising mobile operators a 60 percent boost in network capacity. Its product portfolio additionally includes Skyfire Horizon, a mobile browser extension and toolbar platform enabling carriers to integrate recommendations, promotions and advertising.

Skyfire's products fit comfortably within Opera's own portfolio: Its signature Opera Mini mobile browser compresses up to 90 percent of data to improve speed and reduce costs, and its Mediaworks advertising unit--which includes previous acquisition AdMarvel, Mobile Theory and 4th Screen Advertising--will complement Skyfire Horizon to offer operators a complete turnkey solution including ad optimization, ad sales and analytics.

The Opera/Skyfire agreement is expected to close before March 15. Skyfire will continue operating independently as a wholly owned Opera subsidiary and will continue to develop and support the Skyfire browser. Skyfire CEO Jeff Glueck will retain his current title and assume the role of executive vice president of Opera's operator business.  

More than 300 million consumers worldwide now use Opera's browsers each month across all platforms. The company also touts relationships with more than 100 carriers worldwide. Earlier this week, Opera confirmed it will scrap its Presto rendering engine in favor of WebKit, a move to increase its competitiveness on Android and iOS. It will preview its first WebKit-powered Android browser later this month at the Mobile World Congress 2013 event.

For more:
- read this release

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Author: "Jason" Tags: "Financial News and Funding, Mobile Adver..."
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Date: Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 14:59

Opera Software, the company behind the popular mobile browser of the same name, confirmed it will scrap its Presto rendering engine in favor of WebKit, a move to increase its competitiveness on Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS.

Last month, Pocket-lint published a leaked internal Opera video indicating the firm's forthcoming ICE browser for iOS will run on the WebKit engine, which also powers Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome browsers. Opera formally announced the change Wednesday, stating it will make a "gradual transition" to WebKit in order "to provide a leading browser on Android and iOS." Opera additionally will support V8 as its JavaScript engine and will contribute to the open-source Chromium framework project.

"The WebKit engine is already very good, and we aim to take part in making it even better. It supports the standards we care about, and it has the performance we need," said Opera Software CTO Håkon Wium Lie. "It makes more sense to have our experts working with the open source communities to further improve WebKit and Chromium, rather than developing our own rendering engine further. Opera will contribute to the WebKit and Chromium projects, and we have already submitted our first set of patches: to improve multi-column layout."

Opera plans to embrace WebKit for most of its browsers for smartphones and computers. It will preview its first WebKit-powered Android browser later this month at the Mobile World Congress 2013 event.

In related news, Opera announced that 300 million users access its browsers each month across all platforms. More than 200 million consumers access its signature Opera Mini mobile browser, which compresses up to 90 percent of data to improve speed and reduce costs; the firm also offers the full-featured Opera Mobile.

For more:
- read this release
- read this Opera Developer News blog post
- read this TechCrunch article

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Author: "Jason" Tags: "Android, Chrome, iOS, Metrics, Mobile We..."
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