When the Android OS first appeared, it shipped with a rather basic, disappointing web browser. That fuelled the development of Dolphin Browser HD, which introduced multi-touch capabilities long before Google caught up. And having established a lead over the Android Browser, Dolphin HD has worked hard to maintain it.
Unlike other third-party web browsers, Dolphin HD sensibly uses Android’s native HTML rendering component rather than adding its own. In other words, it basically takes the built-in browser engine and overlays its own interface shell and superior feature set.
Previous versions of Dolphin HD showcased support for gestures using the multi-touch interface, plus the ability to access bookmarks and add-ons with a single swipe to the left or right respectively. The integrated tab bar at the top of the window makes tab switching simple and pleasurable, and while it disappears (along with the navigation bar) as you navigate down the screen, just hit the menu button to bring them back instantly.
It already was considered the best browser for Android, and version 5 takes things a step further. If you found the previous theme a little grating, you’ll find the new, subtler shades more to your taste. The start page has also been tweaked to include a speed dial grid as well as a “Most visited” section. The left-hand sidebar has been improved with access to bookmarks, history and most frequently visited along with a useful Quick Access button to the items that normally appear when you hit the menu button.
Version 7.0 has just been released, and sees the launch of Dolphin Connect, a tool that allows you to sync your bookmarks, preferences and gestures across all your Android (and in a future release, iOS too) devices. The new release also claims significant enhancements to Webzine, which sees a major facelift for smoother, easier access.