Universe, an alternative web browser, now available to all 25
It's been almost one month since we first told you about the upcoming Universe app, an alternative web browser for all webOS users. In a slew of apps (and updates) being released to the catalog as an early Easter gift from the App Catalog team at HP, we now finally have the browser available for public use. And it's a darn good thing, too.
The long wait, if you'll remember, wasn't for a lack of dedication from the developer, but actually a lack of time. After all, dkirker was hired onto the HP Webkit team shortly after announcing the browser last month. Luckily for us, he's been able to finish the app and get it into the catalog at a reasonable price ($2.99). If you've been looking for a good alternative browsing experience for your webOS device, look no further than Universe Web Browser by OpenMobl Systems.
Universe brings with it such advanced features as syncing with Google Bookmarks (with folders), integration with various services (like Twitter, Voogle and Read It Later), Private Browsing, a download manager, Just Type quick actions, and plenty more. With promises of future updates right around the corner. Because the app is based off of the default webOS webkit browser, you don't need to worry about a lack of support for Flash (on 2.x devices) or strange navigation techniques that are unique only to this app. The developer has done a great job at adding features on top of the existing system, while keeping the bugs low and interface simple.
Grab Universe Web Browser from the app catalog and try it out for yourself if you're interested in seeing what an alternative browser would be like in a world that has been almost completely devoid of such options over the past two years (don't forget the competition, Complete Browser). It's only $2.99, for those of you who have access to the catalog, and works like a charm. Definitely a great app to have around if you want something other than the stock browser we've been stuck with for so long.