Google Enters Browser Wars with Gusto!

ANDROID, OPERA MINI and the MOBILE BROWSER WAR

Google’s Android operating system has become the latest entrant in the mobile browser war since Opera’s Opera Mini now runs on it. It seems Google is not only entering the mobile browser war, but may soon be jumping feet first into the desktop browser war, too.

Considering giving Opera Mini a go on your mobile device (at this point that pretty much means the T-Mobile G1)? If so you may be interested in this excerpt from Webmonkey’s Monkey Bites:

The latest version of Opera Mini, now at 4.2, should be much faster than its predecessor which is good news for users with underpowered mobile devices. Opera Mini doesn’t serve up raw web pages, rather it proxies them through Opera’s servers, slimming them down before sending them on to the browser.
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More Opera Mini Info
Opera Mini Brings the Mobile Browser War to Android
Opera Mini on Google News

GOOGLE CHROME CONSIDERING PRE-INSTALLATION ON PC’s

According to Sam Diaz on ZDNet and TimesOnline.co.uk it appears Google is may be pondering positioning the Google Chrome browser more aggressively against Internet Explorer (and others) by working out deals with PC makers to get Chrome pre-installed on new computers.

Personally I’d like to see more work on Chrome in the form of more support for add-ons, and wider support. For example I’d like to be able to install Chrome on my home office work PC and add the GlobexDesigns Google Redesigned extension. It appears that Google may have just those ideas in mind, and possibly more:

Speaking to The Times, Sundar Pichai, Google Vice President, Product Management, revealed that Chrome will be ready to come out of “beta” testing by January, and that the search giant was looking at ways to make Chrome the browser of choice for the everyday user.

“We will probably do distribution deals,” he said, adding, “we could work with an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and have them ship computers with Chrome pre-installed.”

Mr Pichai said that once a glitch-free version of Chrome browser is launched early next year, Google will make a determined push to advertise its browser to the wider public.

– The TimesOnline.co.uk

Very cool, I would not mind another major browser for web site testing if its Chrome. Chriome I like. Netscape is quietly dying away, Netscape I didn’t like.

Gmail For Mobile Now More ‘mobile’ Than Before, T-Mobile G1 Out in Cold?

Talking about the addition of languages and faster, smoother support for people on the go Gmail for mobile: faster, smoother, and now in more languages lays out the details, but interestingly enough the T-Mobile G1 with Android is not mentioned at all:

… Gmail for mobile 2.0 is designed to be more reliable in low signal areas and provides basic offline support for phones like the Nokia N95, Sony Ericsson W910i, and BlackBerry Curve…

So what’s the deal? I don’t know, I don’t have a Blackberry, iPhone or G1, but maybe the G1 supports offline Gmail and offers multi-language support out-of-the-box?

T-Mobile G1 Google Phone Teaches – iPhone is Windows of the Cell Phones

HUMOR – NOT (MUCH) NEWS

I’m not a big iPhone fanatic, but I’d happily shell out the money for a Blackberry or T-Mobile G1 “Google phone”; but for some reason the iPhone has never “done it” for me. Addmittedly, I’m a PC guy, but I don’t dislike Macs (any more), I just don’t buy them or prefer to use them.

Today Frisco Gives Laid-Back Welcome To Google Phone “taught” me something new… humorously. What I learned today is that iPhone is to cell phones what Windows is to operating systems, check out this quote from the aforementioned Frisco Gives… article:

David Carrasco of Oakland, Calif., had arrived at the T-Mobile store around 11 a.m. He owns an iPhone but got sick of it crashing and of it hanging up when he tried to type.

I just find it funny that somebody is going to switch to the G1 because their iPhone crashes because I always equate Mac OS with reliability and so I did with iPhone – till now.

Let’s not forget one of the coolest things about the “Google phone”, the open source Android OS – oh and the Android Developer Challenge. Has anyone claimed that yet? I could use a couple of million bucks!

T-Mobile G1

UPDATE: T-Mobile G1 with Google

The T-Mobile G1 is supposed to hit the shelves Wednesday (day after tomorrow) according to A sneak peek at Gmail on Android, so now would be a good time for all who intend to buy one to take a look at what the Gmail blog has in the way of screenshots and video while you are waiting for your new phone.

So while you are waiting, watching the minutes tick away until the release of the first Android-powered device in the world you can check out just how cool Gmail can be – on the platform that Google would (no doubt) prefer you use for wireless Gmailing… the T-Mobile G1 with Android.

Entire Article with Media on Gmail blog
Direct link to Gmail on Android
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