Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the Android Market where you must continue the download process. This download may not be available in some countries.
Dolphin Browser was quite the find when it first broke the surface, pretty much pioneering alternative browsers on the Android platform. Since then, alt-browsers have become plentiful and sophisticated, and the Dolphin team has responded with a "high def," redesigned version of its app, meant for version 2.0 and higher of the Android operating system.
Dolphin's feature set is definitely its strength. In addition to tabbed browsing, bookmarking (that syncs to Google bookmarks), and multitouch zooming, it can also flag sites to read later as well as a tie-in to Delicious. You can search content within a page, subscribe to RSS feeds through Google Reader, and share links with social networks. The capability to download YouTube videos is another plus, as is swiping to switch between open tabs. It also has voice search in the new tab page, and you can choose if Web sites see you as an Android, iPhone, or desktop user. There are additional themes and add-ons (just one at the time of writing) that you can download for free.
It has its pros, but Dolphin Browser HD--like its older sib--may take some getting used to. Its search bar is intuitive enough, but there is a tiny learning curve to navigate the list of options you see when you open a new tab. The gestures area, though a neat option, isn't for everyone. There is some setup time since you'll likely need to define many of the most-useful gestures.
Its performance can be a little laggy, and some actions aren't as intuitive as they should be--such as setting and changing the home page and navigating to a new page from an open tab. The biggest negative so far is that Dolphin HD takes over as the default Web browser without asking for permission. Overall, Dolphin HD looks good and there are some slick features, but there are also a few drawbacks that will turn some users off. The ad-supported version of Dolphin is free; but for a $5 fee, you get a version that cuts the ads.
Smart Phone, Clever Browsing!Dolphin Browser HD, presented by Mobotap, is the most intelligent mobile Web browser available that allows you to interact and engage with the web through your mobile device in the easiest, most intuitive way.We love hearing from you! If you feel you need to rate us anything below 5 stars, please email us to give us a chance to resolve your issues and to provide you with assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org Here's what others are saying:Media Reviews:-"Dolphin Browser was quite the find when it first broke the surface, pretty much pioneering alternative browsers on the Android platform. CNet-"Dolphin is the most capable browser available for Android. PC Mag-"Dolphin Brower is a must try browser for every Android device owner. Gigaom-"Dolphin Browser HD Is a Great Android Browser Alternative. LifehackerCustomer Reviews:- I just want to say thank you for the BEST DROID BROWSER and for it being free. I am so grateful to have this on my phone I will do anything to promote you guys or donate please keep me posted on future events. [Thodore Bienvenue] Comments on Facebook- Anyone with an Android device should use @DolphinBrowser. Way better than Firefox, Opera, or any stock browser. [Soulmech] Mentions on Twitter- Works like a dream, unlike the original browser. Love the custom touch commands SE X10. [carl] Five star on Android MarketWhat makes Dolphin better than others? Add-onDo customize your own browser, and make your browser look and function the way you want. Beef up your Dolphin by installing your favorite Add-ons. GesturesSimplify the way you navigate the mobile web. Open any of your favorite websites with just the touch of your fingertip in lightning speed. WebzineBring out the beauty of the web and with Dolphin Webzine users can experience the web like never before. Multi-touch Pinch ZoomFind it hard to read webpages in desktop view? Dolphin Multi-Touch Zoom solves that problem. Pinch your fingers on the screen and make the text bigger or smaller. Tabbed browsingReal tabbed browsing. Feel like you are on a desktop. Add tabs within Dolphin just like you would on a desktop. SidebarWith Dolphin, you can swipe to the right side to use Tool Bar to quickly launch additional features, like full screen or your favorite Add-ons. Swipe to the left side to browse your bookmark list and folders. Speed DialPut favorite sites on Speed Dial. Stop looking around in your bookmarks. Forget about typing out long URL. Just put your favorite sites on Speed Dial. Smart Address BarSmart and effortless browsing by auto-completing URL and context menus When you type the first few characters of a URL, Dolphin auto-complete the URL by displaying all results from both bookmarked items and your browsing history. Bookmark FolderDolphin Bookmark Folder now live on your mobile phone Bookmark folder is not just a luxury you can get on your desktop. Its now available on your mobile phone too. Organize your bookmarks into folders on your mobile phone. User AgentSwitch between desktop view and mobile view according to your needs Need to view the full site of facebook sometimes on mobile? Dolphin helps you do that. Colorful theme packDecorate your own browser with the color you want. Your Languages supported16 languages supported, eliminate the strangeness on other languages.Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions, questions or issues by sending mail to us. Or follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.Twitter.com/dolphinbrowserFacebook.com/DolphinFansKEYWORDDolphin Browser, Dolphin HD, Dolphin Browser HD, Mobile Browser, Web Browser, Mobile Web Browser, Android Browser, Browser for Android, Browser on Android, Browser in Android,Browser for Mobile, Mobile Browser, Best Android Browser, Best Mobile Browser, Best Browser for AndroidRecent changes:*Added option to remove bookmarks directly in Bookmarks Sidebar*Enabled option to import bookmarks from Dolphin Mini*Enabled option to select search engines other than Google*Added pop-up notification to enable Dolphin as default browser when first installing Dolphin v7.1*Fixed Google search issue that directed user to google.com *Various stability and performance fixesContent rating: Low Maturity
What's new in this version:
- Optimized Dolphin Connect: now you can use bookmark sync service with third party account directly
- Added browse faster and security feature to Dolphin Companion
- Access Sidebar by swiping at the edge of screen. Made Sidebar response space more sensitive for better functioning when zoomed in.
- Fixed issues in Android 4.0 with and with freezing and crashing
- Stability and performance improvement.