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Below you find the last seven QuirksBlog entries.

The ninth Chromium: Xiaomi

Permalink | in Chrome

This week I finally gathered the courage to run the media query test suite I wrote over a year ago in the latest crop of mobile browsers. The results are moderately interesting, especially when it comes to Chromium-based browsers. I discovered a new one: Xiaomi Chromium. It’s the ninth I identified, and the first one I had to work really hard on in order to get a version number.

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25% of mobile Chrome users use Samsung Chrome

Permalink | in Chrome, Market share, Samsung

For at least a year now I’ve held to the theory that the huge uptake in Chrome we’re seeing on the mobile web is mostly due to Samsung using its own version (based on Chromium 28) in its high-end smart devices from the Galaxy S4 on.

Yesterday Krijn started tweeting about mobile stats he had, and it turned out he was willing to share. He gave me data on about 100K mobile and tablet hits in Q2 on a project of his he’s worked on for ages five years. I took the data gratefully and created a table.

Conclusion: Of Chrome users, 25% uses Samsung Chrome — this amounts to about 5% of all mobile visits to the site. On the one hand this proves that Samsung Chrome is a Thing — on the other hand I had expected a much higher percentage. So my theory isn’t right, but Samsung Chrome is still important.

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dsgnday announces Peter Boersma

Permalink | in dsgnday

On 11th of November we’ll organise the first dsgnday in Amsterdam; a one-day conference for graphic and UX designers working on the web. Today we announce the last speaker.

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Browser stats for Q1 and Q2

Permalink | in Market share

It’s time for some browser stats, as always courtesy of StatCounter.

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DOM HTML table updated

Permalink | in Content

And here’s the first table updated according to the new IE8-and-up rule. It’s past time I updated the DOM Compatibility tables, even though they’re not as exciting as they were ten years ago.

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IE survey results

Permalink | in IE

I wanted to know which IE versions my readers test on, so I held a survey. The results are below.

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A browser for a watch

Permalink | in Apple

In February 1999, when my very first salary as a web developer arrived, I bought two things I wanted but so far couldn’t afford: a CD player and a watch. The CD player is still around somewhere in my new house, waiting to be connected. The watch, curiously, stopped working pretty soon after I stopped working for employers. Freelancers don’t need timekeeping, apparently. That was in 2002, and I haven’t worn a watch since.

Now there’s the Apple Watch. (Also a whole slew of Android Wear watches, but guess which type gets most attention?) I don’t really see the use case, but that might be my lack of imagination. Anyway, my job is not to discuss use cases, but browsers — or rather, the lack of them.

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