Most Google Android devices come with a pretty good web browser that supports pinch-to-zoom, HTML5, and other modern mobile web technologies. But there are plenty of alternatives for those looking for other features. Mozilla makes a mobile version of Firefox, and Skyfire has a popular web browser that brings Flash video to devices that normally don’t support it.
But one free web browser has been leading the pack for the past few years. Dolphin Browser was one of the first Android browsers to include tabs, one of the first to add support for gestures, and one of the first to support plug-ins which extend the functionality of the browser.
While competitors have caught up, and even the default Android browser for Honeycomb now includes browser tabs, people keep downloading Dolphin’s various web browsers.
This week the developers announced that Dolphin Browser has reached 9 million downloads.
The company doesn’t just offer a single browser anymore. There’s Dolphin Browser Mini for older devices, Dolphin Browser HD for most modern smartphones, and Dolphin for Pad for Android tablets.
There are also dozens of plugins offering features such as Wikipedia search, password management, screen capturing, or saving pages to read later.