The Dolphin Browser was one of the first third party web browsers for Google Android to add support for gestures, tabs, and many other features. The folks behind the browser followed up with the excellent Dolphin Browser HD for Android 2.x devices, with support for add-ons and a completely retooled user interface. But that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about Android 1.6 users.

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This weekend the company released the latest preview of a new browser called Dolphin Browser Mini for Android 1.6 and up. It offers many of the features found in Dolphin Browser HD… but it doesn’t currently support add-ons.

The browser does have a few nifty tools including the ability to grab your bookmarks from the stock Android browser or sync with Google, easy-to-access shortcuts for private browsing, switching to desktop mode, or full screen mode, or locking the screen orientation. There’s also a shortcut for “Google Services,” which brings up an enormous list of links to Google’s web apps ranging from Google Search to Google Earth, with Books, Blogger, Shopping, Gmail, Picasa, and others thrown in for good measure.

While you can switch between open tabs or create a new browser tab by using the tab bar at the top of the page, if you hit the Menu button on your phone to bring up the quick menu at the bottom of the screen, you can also flip to the next or previous tab quickly from this menu — which comes in handy if your thumb is already hovering over the bottom of your screen.

Like Dolphin’s other browsers, Dolphin Mini Preview2 is available as a free download — but it’s not yet available from the Android Market. You can grab the app by scanning the QR code to the right with a bar code scanner on your phone, or you can download it directly using this link.

You can check out a few more screenshots after the break.

via Android Central

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...