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Browse Internet In Style with Miren Browser For Android

Android’s stock browser is pretty much sufficient for normal users who want a browser that allows them to type in a web address and it quickly takes them to that website. But if you are a tech savvy user possessing thirst for more feature heavy internet browser on your Android phone then there is a good news for you. Miren is the latest addition in Android browser realm and as per developers claim, it is a browser that will provide a very instinctive browsing experience to users.

Miren For Android Features

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When you launch Miren, first thing that you will come across is start-up screen. The start-up screen is full of details from top to bottom, as you rotate your device from normal mode to landscape mode a Lock icon appears that is an orientation lock.

Miren Startup screen

Although the orientation lock button goes away after sometime but it reappears every time you switch orientation of your Android device.

The moment you touch the screen within Miren interface, 3 large transparent buttons appear on screen. The middle button is for RSS Feeds that automatically detects feeds on a website, rest of the two buttons are Back and Full-screen. Using Full-screen button you can easily toggle between address bar and tab bar.

The interesting thing you will notice about it is that for any active tab there is no website label, rather the tab displays only a big ‘X’. I think Miren developers have assumed that users will know that what site they are browsing so instead of cramping label on a tab they have just included a X button so that they can close it easily.

Miren Settings

Settings page for Miren

The browsers settings is divided into two tabs, Common and Advanced. Common settings menu includes options like “scroll using volume button” and “load images”. Advanced settings page is for tech savvy users, it includes options like “tab bar visibility” and some other.

Built-in RSS Reader

That’s True! Miren browser boasts a full fledge RSS Reader, meaning that developers must have added loads of coding. Most of the users will not find this RSS Reader to be useful and it also do not sync with Google Reader. But it is a fair effort from Miren developers to include a RSS module altogether.

Overall I think Miren is an extremely useful browser and it will definitely turn out to be a serious contender to the likes of Dolphin Browser HD that have already consolidated their name in Android marketplace.

You can download Miren for free from Android marketplace.

Give us your opinion on Miren Browser for Android. What other browsers do you use on your Android device?

Android vs iPhone Browser Speed Test Flawed

Yesterday we reported about a certain test that proved that the Android operating system’s browser loads web-pages faster than that of the iPhone 4’s. The Android vs iOS battle has been going on from quite a while now, and although Android is leading in Mobile Platform number, I still did not believe this report. But, all the statistics and data looked accurate and indeed, according to the report, the Android’s browser is faster.

The test was conducted by a company known as Blaze and according to their report, which involved vigorous testing on over 1000 sites to determine the results, Androids browser was 52% faster than the iOS 4 browser.

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Now obviously after this blow to Apple, you would expect some kind of rebellion. And you’re right!! Apple correspondent, Natalie Kerris told CNET that the test was flawed and Blaze was using their own Web application to conduct the tests and not iOS’s stock Safari browser. She clearly stated that other web browser apps don’t carry the new Nitro JavaScript engine that the Safari browser on iOS 4.3 boasts.

Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading Web pages

Another Apple Spokesperson has just confirmed that the test is flawed stating;

The embedded web viewer does not take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations. They didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone, instead, they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer.

This whole has seemed to have gathered a lot of attention from both iOS and Android supporters. Blaze, however is standing by it’s reports and saying that Android performs faster than iOS browser, until Apple shows them how to make use of Safari’s advancements on the UIWebView(Apple’s embedded browser).

To learn more about all this please visit one of the following websites: Apple Insider, Bloomberg, Blaze Blog, The Register.

So what do you make of all this?? I think this topic is going to be around a while!!