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Universe, an alternative web browser, now available to all 25

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:02 pm EDT

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.

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Going to buy it, but I would have loved a video on it so that I can see it in motion.

Edit: So far I am liking it, it seems to respond a bit faster the stock browser. Going to so a side by side comparison soon.

Does it have text reflow? That's my single biggest gripe about the webOS Browser.

You mean the resize of the text when you zoom in? It's same as the stock browser, and that's probably because of webOS and not the browser, though I could be wrong on the last part.

One day, maybe in few years, we will get firefox and opera mini too, soon in "coming montths"

I'am not missing any Opera Mini nor Firefox on my Pre. I will try them if they get released (as I did with Firefox aka Fenec) but I won't expect them to work much better than the stock-browser.

It's ok. It has a lot of features natively that require patches on the stock browser. Maybe it's just because I'm used to the native browser, but I'm not liking it as much as I thought I would. I will keep using it and see if it solves some big problems I've had with the stock browser.

So far, it's working better than the stock browser for me. The killer feature is the ability to group bookmarks into folders. I have a lot of bookmarks in the stock browser, but taking the time to migrate all of them to Universe and organizing them is worth it. It would be nice if Universe came with a tile view combined with folders for bookmarks. That would make Universe perfect. I still definitely recommend it.

I'll not buy it before I've seen it in action. Bought "complete browser" before and it turned out to be **** ..

Bought it. Like it so far. Seems faster than stock browser. More options too. Great job dev!

Anyone else having trouble syncing Google bookmarks?

I can't sync my bookmarks using my sky.com address which is run by Google. I think you need a gmail one, have emailed developer to see if there is a general issue or it's just cos of my non gmail address.

I am looking into a few Google sync/login issues. In the mean time, please read this article: http://support.openmobl.com/entries/20050788-google-bookmark-sync

Thanks for the swift reply, will wait for the update to v1.1 and your reply regarding my email :)

Google Bookmark Sync won't be ready till v 1.1


Letting you know that it doesn't play well with SquirrelMail 1.4.21 or Roundcube 0.52... a disappointment.

Won't let me scroll left on Squirrellmail, and covers the right of the screen with grey checkerboard on Roundcube.

FYI - can't edit the image for pages saved to launcher. They say this is coming in 1.1 or 1.2. Wish I'd known that before buying it. :(

I'd prefer a short 'test time' but I'm willing to take a chance on one condition: How difficult is it to remove and revert to the standard browser if it does not work out as expected?

It won't interfere with system settings unless you explicitly change them yourself. That is to say, you would have to make it the default browser, so there would be no need to "revert" to the standard browser if you just install, use for a while, then uninstall.

Google bookmarks! I was with this until 2.99, how much is firefox on android?[rhetorical]

Haha... yeah 2.99 does seem pretty steep. Anbody got the ipk?

Jeez, do you think it's appropriate to walk out of a McDonald's with a big mac too?

does anyone here remember the old Universe 3 web browser for Palm OS?

I remember all the hype because it had tabs (albeit a limit of 3) :)

still not for all.
Still for the lucky guys who are in official market.
After almost 2 years I still use spaz beta. i can't even buy a decent twitter client.

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Hi Tim,

I purchased and tried both Universe and Complete web browsers. They are both quite good, yet different. I had the impression that Complete is a little faster than Universe ! Can someone at PreCentral do a more rigourous test between the two ? Not only for speed, but overall. Intent is not to declare a win/loose, but to better inform us, the users.
And it may bring more purchases to both !