If there's one thing that can be said of Dolphin Browser, it's that the dev team behind it stays on top of things. There's a steady stream of updates to the browser all the time, bringing new features, performance improvements, and all that other fun stuff that people usually like when they're favorite apps get.

Today's update is no different, though it is a little more notable. First - and most importantly - v1.2 brings support for Android 4.2. So all you Dolphin-lovers with N7s, 4s, or 10s can now have your favorite browser back. Good for you.

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hahaha, that looks funny.

That's not all though, it also brings improved sidebars that don't interfere with scrolling, faster page loading by prediction, improved compatibility for add-ons, stability and performance improvements, and an optimized tab/address bar for tablets. Horrah for making things better!

Dolphin is, of course, free, so if you're looking for a new browsing experience on Android, it's a good place to start.

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.

  • raazman

    I wish you could hide the address bar when you scrolled down but popped back up when you scrolled up..so it gives a sort of fullscreen effect.

    • AndyH_STi

      Dolphin Beta does do that, unlike the regular Dolphin browser.

      • raazman

        How do I do that in beta...i can't find the option.

        • AndyH_STi

          Good question, and I'm not sure as I can't locate an option for it either. It just works for me on my Galaxy Nexus, so maybe it's only a feature for newer versions of Android? I don't know, sorry.

          • raazman

            I'm using a Nexus 4 with Android 4.2.1

          • AndyH_STi

            Hmm, scratch that idea then. I'm running 4.2.1 as well.

          • shauma

            Thing is that on android 4.1 and up, address bar always stays at the top and it's not moving.

          • AndyH_STi

            Well, your experience does not match my experience. I'm running Android 4.2.1 and in Dolphin Browser Beta (version 1.2.0) the address bar in the browser disappears once I'm browsing a web page. This behavior is different than in the standard Dolphin Browser (version 9.0.3), as the address bar stays visible always in that version of Dolphin in my experience.

  • tanknspank

    Why would it be such a bad thing to implement a menu button on the address bar and remove the legacy menu button? Just that one little thing please :(

    • okungnyo

      Agreed. The best way, for me, to tell whether a developer is dedicated and/or is good at his/her job, is to check for the legacy menu button. Some might say Holo is important too, but, while nice to look at, it's not as important because I'd take powerful over beautiful any day.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    Whats the difference between Dolphin Beta, and Dolphin regular?

    • Montygue

      I was trying to figure that out earlier. Test builds of Dolphin it looks like.

  • http://twitter.com/MysteryMannnnn Mystery Man

    the normal version works fine on 4.2 nexus 7. rare crashes on some pages

  • Abhigyan Banerjee

    I've loved the Dolphin Browser for a long time, but Google specific synchronisation is what I really crave. Wish there was some way for them to get a token to Google and sync through to your bookmarks, search history and URL history. Until such point, Chrome will remain my goto browser.

  • woj_tek

    Why play store gives me "We're sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server." each time I wan't to access this beta release?! :/

    • Evul

      Same here. Don't know why. I'm on cm10.1 nexus 4.

  • Michael Villalobos Gomez

    For some reason Dolphin Beta is not in the Play Store anymore...is it just me or what? Plus the app crashes a lot on my Samsung Galaxy S3.

    • http://twitter.com/eric3316 Eric M

      Guessing that is why it might have been removed. The update crashes instantly on the S3 running 4.1. Not sure how it is on other Jelly Bean Roms that are not 4.2.

  • Amrish

    I can't find Dolphin beta in the play store...

    • AndyH_STi

      As others have mentioned, it looks like the devs pulled it, probably due to all the issues with crashes. It was up for a brief period yesterday, as I was able to download it. I can confirm many crashes on my GN running stock 4.2.1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patryk.kam Patryk Kamiński

    Big LOL for developers, all devices with 4.2 got 4.2.1 update, and it's not compatible with this version. So this update is for no one :P

    • Fissurez

      it's only major versions like 0.1 or 1.0 increases that usually cause compatibility errors.

      4.2 apps should work perfectly for 4.2.1.

      • http://www.facebook.com/patryk.kam Patryk Kamiński

        I got Nexus 7 4.2.1 it doesn't work

  • Rob

    Cameron. Check the link to Google Play. It would not open for me in Firefox or Safari. Had to go to PLAY manually and search.

  • hush404

    I used Dolphin on my old phone but found it sluggish and when I got my new phone I stuck with dolphin for a bit but still found it sluggish, so I got chrome and haven't looked back. I don't do a lot of web browsing that needs addons and such, so something quick is all I need and sadly, dolphin isn't that for me.

  • Havoc70

    Worked great before this update, now all it does if fc randomly