At the beginning of the month, the Dolphin team released a new version of their popular browser to the Play Store. It featured the normal UI and performance enhancements, but apparently that just wasn't good enough for the Dolphin crew. Today, they have released a public beta of Dolphin Browser that brings some pretty impressive numbers where HTML5 rendering speed is concerned:

How fast? Dolphin Browser Beta's HTML-5 rendering is:
• 5 - 10X faster than the default Android browser
• 100% faster than Chrome (at times)
• Initially scored over 450 when tested on HTML5test.com. (HTML5test.com is an industry respected tool for testing a browser’s support of HTML5)


Judging by the few comments already in the Play Store at the time of writing this, it looks like those numbers aren't just smoke and mirrors - the early reports are claiming that it's quite a bit faster than previous versions of Dolphin.

Being a Chrome loyalist (and find the above use of "at times" a questionable one), I had to see this for myself on the best device for Chrome: the Nexus 7. Guess what? No go. Despite Dolphin saying that the beta "fully [supports] Android 4.1 devices," it's not compatible with the Nexus 7. Boo, Dolphin!

Instead, I gave it a shot on the TF700, and I have to say, I'm quite impressed. The speed of this beta is definitely something can be felt not-only with HTML5 rendering, but just in general. While I was skeptical at first, I have to say that I quite like it.

Given the fact that it's free, there's no reason to not give Dolphin's newest beta a shot. Hit the widget to grab it.

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628187306 Chris Todd LeBel

    It won't let me install on my transformer prime... it is running jelly bean however. Maybe it just doesn't like the beans. Unless it changed here, I never liked dolphin's bookmarks either. I personally need to be able to open my bookmark folders all at once.

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy Jammy

    Yeah this poops on Chrome. I really want to use it since Chrome has been getting progressively slower with each update, especially on startup, but I like the UI/feel/sync functionality of Chrome so much that I always find myself coming back. Ugh.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      I know exactly what you mean. Chrome is a really nice browser, just painfully slow.

      • fixxmyhead

        yup. it was my default and then i was like why dont i give dolphing a try, immediately uninstalled chrome. dolphin just loaded up in no time and smoother too

    • Mei

      I don't about Chrome being slow. I have been using it on my Galaxy S3. Works fine so far. I have used Dolphin long ago. Guess I'll give it a try again.

      • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy Jammy

        The time between when you first open Chrome and when you can start loading a website without it eating your input/lagging is really long.

  • csernakakos

    Who cares if the startup screen is still portrait-mode only, if the address bar still disappears whenever I scroll down, and if YouTube videos get mute as soon as I switch to a new tab?
    I don't know what the Dolphin team expect when they keep disregarding all users' requests. For the record, HTML5 alone won't make a browser usable.

  • UniBroW

    this seems very nice, so far

  • ddpacino

    I can't bother until it can sync with my Chrome desktop browsers, and can send links from my browser to phone. These are critical functions I cannot give up.

  • GSAI

    I hope Dolphin updates to a Holo-style soon. It's still very gingerbread. Chrome always reloads the back page, instead of just using cached pages, so it's stock browser for now.

  • Japzone

    Works fine on my Nexus 7. Got the APK from their website early this month and it runs well and smoothly. Some Add-ons(like speedtest) don't work but other than that it's fine.


  • http://www.facebook.com/dontsh00tmesanta Daniel Quintero

    Chrome fast as heck on my gs2 maybe y'all have older slower phones?

    • fixxmyhead

      No I have an s2 too. When I first start it up on my nexus 7 the bar at the top loads in chunks and slow, with dolphin the bar just smoothly keeps going without stopping by and faster too

  • Michael Villalobos Gomez

    I actually got Dolphin Beta a couple of weeks ago. I got an email from the Dolphin team if I wanted to be the first ones to try it. Runs very smooth and fast!

  • Kaero

    Not able to install on my Nexus 7 = support the bean dammit!

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    This browser is a real competitor to Chrome. I reviewed it a while back, and I can say that it is a fairly stable app, which the exception of a few random crashes. Not serious crashes, but sorta odd and expected when you catch on to it.

    Now I have to move onto Firefox for a review, but I can only test the ARM V6 Nightly builds as there is no "stable" version of FF for ARM v6.

  • Marvin Osei

    The app has disappeared from the play store?