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Hack-free Multi-touch web browsing for the Nexus One and Moto Droid
      #35745 - 01/22/10 06:29 PM

Looking for multi-touch web browsing Nexus One and Moto Droid users? We can't blame you. And we know you iPhone converts are particularly feeling the pain.

Hey, we love the Nexus One and it's keyboard-toting companion the Motorola Droid. Though both run Android OS 2.0 and higher with support for multi-touch, our US models' built-in applications have zero support for multi-touch. Of course, you could root your device and install cyanongen's mod, but if you're not a super techie, the idea of rooting your device just to get a little pinch and zoom love might be unappealing.

Instead, why not install MGeek's Dolphin web browser. It's free and its' available on the Android Market. Download it directly to your phone and give it a spin. There are occassional very small strip ads that run across the bottom but they're not in the way and not intrusive, and so far that's the only price you'll pay for Dophin. If you find you prefer Dolphin, you can set it as the default web browser (and you can undo that too if you change your mind).

There's nothing wrong with the built-in webkit-based web browser's ability to render pages, in fact it's one of the best among smartphone browsers. Dolphin 2.0 works pretty much identically in terms of rendering, and is slightly faster. It adds quite a few features to the browsing experience like customizable gestures (draw an 'M" with your finger to add a bookmark), auto-finding RSS links on web pages so you can subscribe to feeds, setting the user agent, share with Twitter and Facebook, a smart address bar and more. It supports multiple windows via tabs and you can set it to auto-hide tabs to increase browsing real estate.

Like the built-in Android web browser, it doesn't support Flash, but it handles the mobile version of YouTube in the same manner as the Google browser. If you visit a page with an embedded Flash Video it shows the video and when you tap the video, Dolphin asks you if you'd like to play it using the phone's YouTube player or save it to your phone's storage.

Here's our short video review of Dolphin 2.0:

Relevant links:

Dolphin web browser home page

Nexus One review

Motorola Droid review


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