MoboTap, the developer of most innovative web browser on Android platform, today released a new beta version of their Dolphin HD browser. This beta version, named as Dolphin Engine, is claimed to score 450+ points on the HTML5Test.com, which makes it more compatible with HTML5 standards and specifications.
Currently, Opera Software’s Opera Mobile browser leads the scoreboard with just 369 points and 11 bonus points. Google’s Chrome beta for Android ICS platform scores 364 points, and the default browser of Android ICS scores only 273 points. While on the desktop platform, Maxthon is the winner with 437 points. This huge difference between the desktop and mobile browsers clearly indicates that the mobile browsers are yet to adapt HTML5 standards – which may be a big headache for the web developers.
With the release of this beta version of Dolphin browser for Android, Mobotap has touched a new high. The Dolphin team describes in a blog post, “Dolphin has placed particular attention to canvas element, 2D context and text rendering. In addition, Dolphin Engine made significant GPU technology improvements around GPU accelerated canvas rendering and optimized CPU / GPU parallel computing”. This beta version is claimed to be two time faster than the Chrome beta on Android and ten times faster than the stock browser for certain rendering processes.
Apart from faster rendering, the Dolphin Engine has extended support for latest HTML5 features like Web Worker, Web Socket, Web Audio, Web Notification, WebGL etc. This beta app for Android devices can be downloaded from here (.apk file) for testing purposes, which is not available on Google Play yet.