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For serious web addicts, sometimes Chrome just doesn't do it. Dolphin is one of the more popular and, more importantly, more consistent browsers available on the Play Store. But some Nexus 5 owners weren't happy to see that their favorite alternate browser had a killer KitKat bug: it couldn't zoom in with the standard pinching gesture. After a bit of time in beta, the fix has now been applied to the stable build in version 10.1.2.

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But wait, there is indeed more. Long-time Dolphin Browser users will be happy to hear that the "night mode" feature is back, courtesy of this official browser plugin app. Install the extra app, tap it from the right-side swipe menu, and your screen will be considerably darkened, to the pleasure of wide-eyed significant others everywhere. Users also have the option of setting a master password, further securing Dolphin's saved passwords with one more layer of security. Strangely, the developers have removed the password sync feature.

Other smaller changes include a faster launch time, adjustments to the skin interface, fixes for location and SD card bugs, and adjustments to the one-handed Key control UI. As always Dolphin Browser is free, and it's compatible with all Android devices running 2.0.1 or later. 

What's New
  • SPEED UP Launch Performance
  • Night Mode is BACK! (It is an add-on "Night mode for Dolphin Browser")
  • New: Change SKIN to make Dolphin your own
  • New: Master Password. Allows you to have a more secured option to save passwords
  • Fix the pinch zoom compatibility issue on Android 4.4 kitkat
  • Fix Downloads to external SDCard
  • Fix some bugs related to localization
  • Optimize the user experience of Dolphin Key
  • Removed Sync Passwords feature

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • jiggy

    Chrome, Dolphin, and other browsers should take advantage of the immersive mode in KitKat.

    • TheSparks

      This! I WANT TO SEE MORE APPS WITH IMMERSIVE MODE SUPPORT!

  • Spittie
  • Primalxconvoy

    Dolphin has been slipping write a bit recently. On top of their terrible problems with being able to input text in text entry fields, cut and paste problems etc, their so was unavailable at the Japanese Google play shop. Now, the link given in this article takes me to the app but if I search for it manually, it shows only a seperate Japanese browser, which, although it looks like dolphin, is a completely storage so. These guys really need to work harder.

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  • Daniel Smith

    Does Dolphin Browser still have the legacy menu button of shame?

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

      When I was testing the beta, they actually finally got rid of it. I'll test this release later to confirm.

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

      Confirmed.

  • RH

    I dropped Dolphin for Next browser....did they speed up Dolphin? On my Note1 Dolphin was starting to slow down.

    • guidomus_maximus

      Try Jetpack Add on. Not sure why they don't include this with the basic Dolphin install. It speeds up some stuff in Dolphin.
      They forgot to add one thing in the 'what's new'. Flash is broken (again).

  • Chris Paterson

    If you like the privacy that Dolphin offers, then you may also be interested in checking out Ravetree. It's a social platform that has great privacy, and several useful apps. Anyway, just thought some fellow Dolphin fans might like to know about other privacy-bases products.

  • digi_owl

    Anyone know if there are other browsers that bring their own Webkit version, like Dolphin do with Jetpack?