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Jun
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Update: It appears that I misread the Dolphin Blog the first go around - version 5 doesn't block in-browser ads, the in-app ads have been removed. I apologize for the misinformation.

The final version of Dolphin Browser HD 5 landed in the Android Market this morning, and it brings a whole slew of bug fixes and improvements along with it. Among the many improvements is one that most users will be quite happy about - Dolphin HD now blocks all Google Ads within web pages without the need for an add-on, making your browsing much simpler, as well as using less bandwidth Dolphin HD is now ad-free! Previously, you had to pay $4.99 for a license to remove ads, but that's no longer the case.

Other major features include a new, elegant UI, an improved speed dial, and a much more organized bookmarks sidebar with subfolder integration.

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Several popular add-ons have been updated, as well - including Alexa rank, Shiny Shake, Dolphin Read it Later, Read it Later, and Morning Coffee. All the bugs have been worked out, so the transition to the newest version should be completely painless.

The Dolphin Team also bumped up both the launch speed and browsing speed, so you'll spend less time waiting and more time browsing.

At the time of writing this, the Web Market listing for Dolphin HD hasn't been updated, so for now you'll have to make sure to grab it directly from your mobile.

[Dolphin Blog]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Rob

    I do wish they'd ditch the ugly dark green UI and with something sleeker and more Android-y.

    And no, the themes they have just make it worse.

  • Mesmorino

    I concur, they should add a simple colour palette so we can choose ours

  • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

    Is there a way to shut off the adblock? I personally don't care so much about ads, and would much rather support the sites I'm browsing by seeing the ads.

    How would Android Police feel knowing that their readers were actively using an ad blocker? Kiss your revenue goodbye...

  • exa

    Ian Douglas: Ad-block is the reason I'll install dolphin back :), on a "small" screen like our phones it easy to press those big ads on some websites

  • http://mobiputing.com Brad Linder

    This isn't about ad-block. Dolphin is removing the in-app ads from the browser and no longer requiring a $4.99 license to remove ads from the settings pages.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Thanks for the heads up, Brad. I fixed the post. ;)

  • Brazilian Rider

    I'm torn between Dolphin and Opera... Dolphin has the features, but Opera is blazing fast... :/

  • Simon Belmont

    This is perfect for the B&N Nook Color. I have been using the Dolphin HD browser on mine since almost day one.

    This one is even better. Great work.

  • Umang

    I am using Miren Browser... its nice

  • http://lankycyril.com/ Cyril

    Is it just me, or is Dolphin quite clumsy in terms of user interface?

    Features yes, tons of them. But even to switch tabs you have to aim at the small stripe at the top. If you want tab previews, you first have to activate the sidebar and then press the button on it.
    Even the stock browser has it better (at least in HTC Sense): just pinch.

    And that barely scratches the surface of what's bothering me in Dolphin's usability.

    However, each one their own.

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