Dolphin Browser HD is the most popular FREE web browser on the Android market with more than 250,000 downloads currently. The browser is only applicable on Android 2.0+ devices. With many other browsers out there in the Android market competing for your time and money, one must have something that helps it stand out from the crowd. I have personally used Opera, Skyfire, xScope and even the latest Fennec build (Firefox for Android). None of these have stood up to the speed and usefulness of Dolphin HD.
Let’s take a look at some of the powerful options available to make your browsing experience the best possible.
- Tabbed Browsing with swipe - Standard tabs at the top of the browser that you can move through with your finger. It also has a quick window to view the pages, open new, close all or close one with the X.
- On Screen Gestures - With preset Gestures and the ability to create your own, you can easily set your favorite sites to a simple Gesture.
- Multiple viewing user agents - We know not all sites are better in a mobile view. You can easily switch between ways to view your pages.
There are currently over 50 different free add-on features available, with new add-ons being added all the time. Since they are all ‘add-ons,’ you don’t have to worry about getting a bunch of extras in this Browser unless you want them. Here’s a look at just a few that I use frequently.
- Dolphin Screen Cut – Capture the entire webpage and save it as an image to share it in a message or Email.
- Dolphin Tweet - Share links and comments on Twitter. The add-on uses bitly to shorten URLs for you automatically.
- Dolphin Speed Dial – Saves your bookmarks in a visual 3×3 screen for quick access. Similar to Opera.
- Web to PDF – Easily save a web page in PDF format for easy viewing and reading later. You can also transfer the file to your PC and print it out.
Other add-ons available to keep up with your Android news addiction from some of the greatest sites available:
- AndroidSPIN RSS
- Androidguys RSS
- Androidpolice RSS
- Androidandme RSS
We can’t forget to mention pinch to zoom, full screen viewing, the ability to rearrange your bookmarks in your own order and a few themes to give it a more personal look. There are a lot more features and functions available in the browsers menus also, so by all means explore what is available that might be in the menu a little deeper.
With so many different add-ons available, it is nearly impossible not to find something you love about this browser. It is easy to see how this browser can change how you interact with the web on your device. I barely scratched the surface of what this browser can do for you.
The default FREE browser does support ads but there is a Dolphin HD License available for $4.99 that removes ads and supports further development of the application. Feel free to pick it up below and don’t forget to get our add-on also! Let us know what you think of this browser and what your favorite add-on is.
Dolphin HD Browser: FREE
Current Version 3.0.0 updated 19 days ago
*Upgrade settings page
*Optimize APK size
+Add Setup Wizard
+”Set as”"Copy URL” for image in webpage
-Fixed Force Close bugs
-Fixed “the left slide bar issue” on Dell Streak and other android tablets
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Dolphin HD License: $4.99