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Dolphin Browser makes leap from Android to iPhone

updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue August 30, 2011

Dolphin Browser ported to iPhone

One of Android's better-known apps, Dolphin Browser, has been given a long-requested port to the iPhone (free, App Store). The iOS version of MoboTap's software uses Apple's WebKit engine but brings features that have yet to reach Safari. It already has tabbed browsing ahead of iOS 5, a Firefox-style address bar with search results, and gesture-based shortcuts for common tasks.

The app has its own webzine mode for a Flipboard-style optimized view of the web and has a desktop mode that forces viewing full pages rather than letting mobile versions take over. Bookmarks and extra navigation options are tucked away in a swipe-activated sidebar, and an Opera-like Speed Dial feature lets those starting up the browser or opening a new tab jump to a frequently accessed page from the home screen.

So far, Dolphin is only optimized for the smaller screens of the iPhone and iPod touch, although it will run on the iPad. Any device needs iOS 4 or later.

MoboTap's release marks a rare instance of an Android app being ported to iOS. Most ports are more often from iOS to Android as developers target the larger, more easily searchable store before going to Google's smaller portal.

By Electronista Staff


  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004



    In some ways better than mobile safari. It still needs some improvements, but I think I have found a new browser.

  1. facebook_Lahcene

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    Joined: Aug 2011


    For iPad

    Just for the record, iPad version was available in the AppStore for 1 day then removed, few months ago

    I still have it on my iPad, here is a screenshot:

  1. Grendelmon

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Dec 2007



    My alternative to Safari is iCab Mobile. Yes, I paid money for it but these guys have been around since Mac OS 8 I swear... Figured I'd give them a little money for using their browser for over 10 years :-) Dolphin sounds nice, but sounds like it's just a YAWB*.

    *YAWB = yet another webkit browser

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: interesting

    Of course it's YAWB. Apple won't let any other kind of browser on the iPhone.

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