A bit of content news in this Friday edition of the recap, with Amazon's MP3 Store now allowing purchases from the iPhone and iPad, updates to the Dolphin Browser and the debut of Rolling Stone magazine on Newsstand. It will have to tide you over, since there won't be a weekend recap on Monday as we'll all be off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so enjoy your three-day weekend, folks!
For the past five years, we've been using our fingers to navigate our iPhones, tapping and pinching to control every square inch of our favorite apps. But as Apple showed us with Siri, "the world's best pointing device" might not be the best way. With Sonar, the popular Dolphin Browser wants to be among the first to test that idea. It might look like a cheap rip-off of Siri, but Sonar -- available as a $0.99 in-app purchase for the existing free app -- brings voice control to Dolphin's lengthy list of features, adding a unique layer of interaction far superior to what Siri brings to Safari.
It's rare when an app in the Android Market gets a feature that its iOS counterpart doesn't have (especially a coveted one), but for the past month, Dolphin users on Android have been navigating their browsers with Sonar, the latest innovation for one of the most feature-rich mobile options around. But rejoice, iPhone users – the wait is over.
We all love Safari for iOS, but that doesn’t mean we can’t check out the competition from time to time. There are a fair number of options available in the App Store--many for free and most for less than a buck--all promising performance to rival Apple’s bundled browser.
One of my favorite browsers on Android is now available on the iPhone! Dolphin Browser, a third-party app that includes features like gestures and sidebars, has managed to raise $10 million from Sequoia, a venture capital funding group that is considered one of the Silicon Valley's "most influential venture-capital firms" by the Wall Street Journal. Dolphin Browser is built upon the WebKit browser -- just like Safari -- and offers a streamlined mobile browsing experience for the iPhone. The app includes the aforementioned sidebars, and gestures, plus multiple tab support, easy sharing to Facebook and Twitter, a nifty start page a la Google Chrome and Safari, and Webzine, a dynamic, Flipboard-style way to read your favorite sites.