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Sep
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We've seen Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat all turn to the Play Store to manage their beta programs, and while this is a great mechanism for handling unpolished software releases, most of us use our phones for more than making status updates, tweeting, and sending private pictures. There are other apps out there that it would be fun to have early access to, and web browsers rank high among them. For us Android users, the Dolphin browser is perhaps second to no one in terms of rolling out new features, and now developer Mobotap has introduced a means to test out the beta version of the app through Google Play.

Dolphin

The steps to join the beta program are pretty straightforward:

  1. Join the Dolphin Browser Beta Testers Google+ community.
  2. Click the "Become a Tester" button on this page.
  3. Download the Dolphin Browser from the Play Store.

After that, you're good to go. Dolphin made the jump to version 10 earlier this summer and underwent a massive revamp, so now is a good time to dive in and see what rolls out next.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • spacekobra

    Dolphin has been pretty bad lately. It loads pages in funny ways and it refuses to open tabs properly.

    I hope they fix it soon. It used to be my favourite.

    • ProductFRED

      Disqus also crashes the entire browser every single time on my Note 2.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Yes me too. The browser is always crashing. Also, entering text or copy and pasting text in chat boxes or indeed anywhere is a buggy mess.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    The Beta you're linking to here is the wrong one. The correct one is this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser

    That Beta you've linked is pretty old. It was updated sometime in June. I don't know why that even exists..

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Oops, fixed. Thanks.

  • Sean Lumly

    I was a user of Dolphin for quite some time, before I became tired of the neglect. Now that Chrome Beta has improved to the point that is actually enjoyable to use (on my Nexus 7), I have little reason to go back.

    I hope Dolphin does well, but it feels like they missed a crucial window.

  • Raymond Berger

    I love the way the Google Play Beta program works!

  • jason biggs

    I hace been usung dolphin beta for months now. Its the best browser I have ever used. Flash works if you disable a file in root.

  • Imparus

    does this means that we might soon see them dropping the legacy menu button?

  • Guest

    404. That’s an error.

    The requested URL was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

    Looks like the beta page is down...

    • E

      You have to join the community first.

  • Ralph1001

    Puffin browser blows Dolphin away in speed and Flash.

  • Chippah

    the New version of Maxthon is where its at!, Awesome take on full screen and QUICK CONTROLS! that actually work better than the Stock browser.

  • Matthew Fry

    For those of you having issues with jittery scrolling in dolphin, try this first. I was about to uninstall when I saw a 'force gpu rendering of 2D surfaces' in the app info page. I tried it out and it is much smoother. HTC One T-Mobile 4.1.2.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    The new beta breaks CSS on a lot of sites for me. Anyone else?

    AP is broken. Basecamp is broken. Among others.

  • Primalxconvoy

    The regular browser seems to freeze and crash in the last 3 months (before it never did) and I cannot find the regular browser on the Play Store anymore; only the addons are available.

    What's going on?

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