Dolphin HD

The folks from MoboTap have now released the latest version of Dolphin Browser HD bumping it up to v7.4.0. Aside from the usual bug fixes typically inlcuded with all updates, this release actually introduces a new feature called Dolphin Sonar that allows you to issue voice commands to help navigate the web. Once installed, you can open up Dolphin, give your device a shake then tell it what you want to do.

"Our Gesture-based browsing function was a game-changer in terms of the way people browse on their mobile devices, and Sonar is the logical next step," said Yongzhi Yang, CEO of MoboTap, makers of Dolphin Browser. "Just as sonar is used by dolphins to navigate, Dolphin Sonar interprets sound to get you where you want to be online. We are continuously thinking of new ways to heighten our users' mobile browsing experience with new and innovative features."

Having given it a quick run through, it fairs quite well when issued commands. I'm not so sure I would use it all the time but I suppose that's the good thing about it -- you don't have to but in case you want to, it's there. You can find the full press release and download link past the break.

Dolphin Browser Redefines Mobile Browsing With Launch of Dolphin Sonar for Android

Voice-Control Capabilities Bring New Dimension to the Mobile Browsing Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - Dolphin Browser, the most popular third-party browser on Android and only gesture-based browser on iOS, today announced the release of Dolphin Sonar for Android, a voice-control feature that allows users to search the Web and navigate the browser using speech. Dolphin Sonar is part of the Dolphin for Android v7.4 update, which is now available for free in the Android Market worldwide.

With Dolphin Sonar, users can easily speak to search the Web and navigate the browser without typing a word. Dolphin Sonar brings a whole new dimension to mobile browsing, transforming the way users interact with their phones.

Users activate Dolphin Sonar by tapping the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen or shaking the phone. For example, when a user says "Facebook Justin Bieber," Dolphin will search directly within Facebook and display his Facebook profile. Saying "eBay Nike shoes" will result in Dolphin searching directly in eBay and displaying a list of Nike shoes. Navigating the Web using Dolphin Sonar is just as easy -- simple commands such as opening a new tab or moving to the bottom or top of the page are just a few words away.

"Our Gesture-based browsing function was a game-changer in terms of the way people browse on their mobile devices, and Sonar is the logical next step," said Yongzhi Yang, CEO of MoboTap, makers of Dolphin Browser. "Just as sonar is used by dolphins to navigate, Dolphin Sonar interprets sound to get you where you want to be online. We are continuously thinking of new ways to heighten our users' mobile browsing experience with new and innovative features."

Dolphin Browser, which launched on the Android Market in 2010 and came to iOS last summer, has been downloaded over 12 million times across both platforms. Dolphin Browser is highly regarded for its signature Gesture and Add-on features.

In addition to unveiling Dolphin Sonar, other updates in Dolphin Browser for Android v7.4 include moving the Webzine feature from the browser to Dolphin's Add-ons, reducing the app's device fingerprint and making browsing speeds even faster.

About MoboTap
MoboTap is a mobile technology developer that is committed to advancing the mobile revolution by improving the way people experience the Web through their mobile devices. Founded and led by an international team of proven engineers and entrepreneurs and backed by leading venture capitalist firm Sequoia Capital, MoboTap has begun this revolution with the launch of Dolphin Browser, a free Web-browser specifically optimized for mobile users.

 

Reader comments

Dolphin Browser HD - Search the web and navigate the browser using Dolphin Sonar

14 Comments

ill give it a shot. i generally try out new browsers and new browser updates. but i always end up coming back to the stock browser on my galaxy nexus :)

omg big deal u have a galaxy nexus no one cares. stop acting immature and trying to show off. hate when people do that. " i blah blah blah blah on my Gnex wink face" nobody cares

Got the ol' "package file invalid" when I tried to install it.
And then an "insufficient space" error message. I'm thinking reboot.

I can't, for the life of me, get anything to work with this feature. I say every word/phrase they recommend and nothing happens.

need to use the sonar feature more, so no comment. but a change i like with the new update is that's it's harder to pull out the add-on menu on the right side and the bookmarks on the left. It's a pain when im surfing and those menus come out.

Right - I ended up disabling those because of that issue and later on ended up asking myself why I was using that browser if not for those accessible side panels. I've been back to stock for a while now, but may give Dolphin another go.

Also - when will these devs understand that I don't want to talk to my phone. Not when there's another person on the other end or to a computer AI. The only time it makes any sense to me is if I'm driving. Maybe it's just me.

Although they were able to speak to their computer in Star Trek you still see Mr. Worf using a touch screen because he doesn't want his photon torpedo targeting to get auto-corrected.

I am still relatively new to the Dolphin browser, but I am totally in love with the simple way that the gestures work so well. I have a kinda star looking A that takes me here to this site from there. a Beta B that takes me to my www.bengals.com and a N with a tail that takes me to NFL.com - dude, it's awesome to have fun with this. Give this browser a try, if nothing more than to have fun with it!

Ummm, this is pretty sweet....what's a stock browser? rofl...j/k... But I've been using dolphin for awhile, the user string changing works and it doesn't on my stock browser...

i cant find sonar at all on my evo 4g, nowhere in settings and nowhere on the screen, i hold down the gesture button, nothing, i shake the phone very violently nothing

apparently its only for newer phones, i guess its back to opera