One of the most popular third-party browsers in the Play Store, Dolphin Browser, received a fairly major bump today up to version 9.0. This brings a handful of worthwhile enhancements, including support for the HTML5 rendering engine from Dolphin Beta. In this case, however, the Dolphin team has made the engine an optional addon called Jetpack instead of making it the default. So, basically, making the browser faster on HTML5 sites is optional, for whatever reason.

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Aside from Jetpack, this new version also includes a built-in network diagnostic tool that can help find and solve issues on your network, as well as "night mode," which lowers the brightness while browsing in the dark, and Dolphin Connect for sync.

Sonar, Dolphin's voice-control feature, has also been updated to be "easier and user friendly." As always, expect performance improvements and better stability from this update, as well.

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  • b_to_the_randon

    So I'm not real clear on this, but I've seen it in a few forums and wondered if it's true; does Dolphin just use Browser's (the default browser) binaries, and puts it's own UI on top of it? Unless of course you're on an HTML5 site using the Jetpack add-on that is.

  • Greg Mitchell

    Newest version telling me it's not compatible with my Asus Transformer...

    • Sven Enterlein

      Same here. Running CM10 JB ROM.

  • Niels

    Jetpack is not compatible with my HTC Desire, but I've got the browser installed just fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andras.kosa.96 Andras Kosa

    Not compatible with Nexus 7? Nice.

  • ReasonableBloke

    That linen texture... Ugh.