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Update: Superfish and Maxthon

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Dear Friend of Maxthon,

 This note is an update on Superfish, how it works, its relationship to Maxthon browsers and what we are doing to mitigate any issues related to it.  Our engineering team has spent a good bit of time examining Superifsh and  how it interacts with Maxthon.

Here is what we learned.

Superfish is malvertising software that Lenovo pro-actively pre-installed on several consumer PC product lines in 2013 and 2014. Its purpose is to control part of your web browsing and serve you advertising. It is designed to intercept all encrypted connections, things it shouldn’t be able to see. Superfish accomplishes this in an insecure way that leaves the system open to hackers or NSA-style spies. For example, it can spy on your private bank connections.

 The function that intercepts and replaces encrypted connections within Superfish is known as a “SSL hijacker,” Specifically the Komodia Redirector with SSL Digestor.  This SSL hijacker was created by an Israeli company called Komodia. An SSL hijacker opens up a HUGE security hole — effectively creating a ‘man in the middle’ attack on your machine. Superfish uses this hole to install its own root CA certificate in your Windows system. From that point on Superfish intercepts each SSL site certificate and swaps it out with a copy of its own that allows access to serve ads. SuperFish’s advertising works by injecting JavaScript code into web-pages. This can wreak havoc with websites, breaking them.

Even if you don’t have a Lenovo consumer PC your PC might have this vulnerability because Komodia sold this technology to other malware companies including:

  • Atom Security
  • Infoweise
  • Komodia (KeepMyFamilySecure)
  • Kurupira (Webfilter)
  • Lavasoft (Ad-Aware Web Companion)
  • Qustodia and Websecure LTD (Easy Hide IP Classic)

Now, Only the traffic from the browser to the SuperFish internal proxy uses the website’s certificate. The traffic on the Internet still uses the normal website’s certificate, so we can’t tell if a machine is infected by SuperFish by looking at this traffic.

However, SuperFish makes queries to additional webpages to download JavaScript. 

And this is where Maxthon enters the picture.  

Due to the way we handle javascript requests in our browser, Maxthon’s PC browser unintentionally triggers a false positive on the Superfish test. In most cases running the test on other browsers on your system will not. If you find yourself in a position where Maxthon is said to be insecure  and Chrome (on the same machine) is not, do not worry.  If you get positives from all browsers, you likely have Superfish.

To repeat: the way Maxthon browsers retrieve javascript can trigger a false positive during a Superfish detection test saying your system is at risk.  Even though our browsers remain as secure as the best in the industry, we recognize the severity of this bug and have elevated it to the top of the line – P1 importance.

We are working on a fix for it as we speak and will update all affected browsers via a required browser update when complete.

In the meantime, if you have not already, please take a couple of minutes to test your Windows PC for the presence of Superfish.  Use the link for a simple and fast test.

https://filippo.io/Badfish/

If you do determine you have Superfish, you will need to both uninstall the .exe AND manually remove the bogus CA certificate.  This link will show you how remove it completely.

https://filippo.io/Badfish/removing.html

Thank-you for your continued support of Maxthon.  We’ll keep you informed of any changes.

-Team Maxthon

Maxthon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Check out the pictures below from our time sponsoring the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York!

Maxthon – My Favorite Web Browser

Friday, May 9th, 2014

via Found Online Today

 

Maxthon is now my web browser of choice which I have now been using for more than a month. It is fast and loaded with lots of great features. One of those features, is you can download stuff to your computer, or into the cloud so you can access those files from anywhere. The download manager has tons of info. Maxthon has it’s own selection of apps for the sidebar including twitter and gmail for example. Another feature I like is you can display data such as CPU usage, available memory, upload/download speed and IP address in the bar at the bottom of the browser. Maxthon also includes AdHunter for blocking ads on websites. You have full control over over the AdHunter settings. If you’re looking for an alternative reliable web browser, then I highly recommend Maxthon Web Browser.

 

Softpedia: Maxthon Cloud Browser – Review

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Incredible as it may seem to some users, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer are not the only viable web browsing solutions on the market.

Maxthon Cloud Browser is not new on the market and the Internet Explorer clone label has been long lost thanks to the multiple features and improvements implemented over the years.

Version 4.2 of the application is touted by the developing company as the best release in the history of Maxthon, as it integrates a tweaked Blink rendering engine and faster startup and file download times.

The browser is available both as a regular desktop version as well as a portable download, which does not require installation and can be deployed from a removable storage drive.

The latest release integrates a branched version of the Blink rendering engine in order to infuse increased browsing speeds. Looks are modern, with essential buttons readily available in the toolbar, a multifunctional address bar, and the less used features hidden under the menu button.

By default, a side bar pops from the left offering access to additional useful features for managing bookmarks, download tasks, reading feeds, or taking notes; all these are implemented through built-in extensions and can be disabled from the extension manager.

Maxthon Cloud Browser prides itself in its cloud features, such as synchronization of data across various devices (supports Windows, Max, Android, and iOS platforms). For the data to be shared (bookmarks, options, address bar history, extensions, and tabs), you need to create a Maxthon Passport account.

Of particular importance is the Cloud Push feature, which can be used to send links, text, and images to instances of theweb browser running on a different device, connected to the same account.

The option is available in the context menu of any page and can also function as a sharing service for sending content to up to five email addresses. On Android it is present next to the address bar (tap the paper airplane).

Pushing the information to a different device worked like a charm during our tests; tabs opened almost on the spot and images or text were sent immediately. Content can be stored in Maxthon cloud and used at any time; accessing it is done from the download manager, which shows locally downloaded files as well as the content in the cloud.

The list of features in Maxthon destined for the average user is impressive even without cloud support. Some of the options not present in the high-end browsers include tab locking (protecting it against unintentionally closing), mouse gestures, and muting the sound in the entire application and per tab customized refresh frequency.

On the same note, the developer bundled in Split Screen mode, which basically allows you to divide the browser in two. The feature comes in very handy when you need to compare two online sources.

Another impressive feature is reader mode. Maxthon automatically detects long texts in the page and offers the possibility to switch to a view that hides distractions and focuses on content. There are tweaking options as far as the page width, color and font go.

Night mode is another way to tend to your eyes, as it changes the page colors to fit the contrast between the display and a darker environment. It can be scheduled to kick in between specific times. The configuration options also include changing the colors for the text, background, and links.

One option we did not see in Maxthon Cloud Browser is tab pinning, very useful when you want to keep content readily available without crowding the tab bar; also, there is no tab tearing support at the moment.

However, the cool list of features has always been part of this web browser, and the difference in this release consists of performance compared to the top dogs on the market; and, according to our tests, the development team deserves some praising.

In Octane 2.0 Maxthon managed to come on top of the recently released Mozilla Firefox 26 and just behind Google Chrome 31.

Running the Kraken benchmark also showed small differences between the three products. This time, Chrome and Firefox did better, while Maxthon lagged not too far behind.

SunSpider tests did not change the order of the top but revealed the same small deviations in the performance of the products recorded in the previous benchmark tests.

On the other hand, checking for HTML5 support on HTML5test.com revealed a better score than Chrome (501) and Firefox (446), with 513 points out of a total of 555.

From a performance perspective, the three browsers are not too far apart and shows that there are competitive alternatives on the market for the already established browsing applications.

The Android counterpart of the desktop version of Maxthon Cloud Browser is free of clutter and easy to use. The Cloud Push feature is within easy reach, and configuration is not difficult to handle.

The new tab page is divided into two sections that allow accessing favorite pages as well as content, through the NewsBites feature. This is a content delivery service similar to Opera’s Discover page, where you can select between categories such as Economy, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sports, and Technology, and there are numerous sources to pick from.

The Good

It has both desktop and portable versions, cloud support makes it easy to transfer content across supported devices (Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS), and during our JavaScript benchmark results were very close behind Chrome and Firefox.

It comes with high usability, at the same time keeping configuration simple, which adds to overall user experience.

The Bad

The interface could be simplified further by eliminating some of the buttons or condensing them. Occasionally, we had trouble viewing content on some web pages as it would not be displayed, but refreshing solved the issue.

The Truth

This version of Maxthon Cloud Browser is touted as the best product of the developing company to date and there are good reasons behind this. It has a ton of awesome features and services and performance is on par with that of the leading applications in the field.

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Team Rio: ‘Maxthon: A Ridiculously Well Kept Secret?’

Friday, June 7th, 2013

 

Via Team Rio
Maxthon: A Ridiculously Well Kept Secret?

The Maxthon Desktop Browser
In a recent spate of vanity, I ventured to take a look at this blog’s readership statistics, and while perusing, found a browser called “Maxthon” under the clients which had been used to view the blog. Not having heard of Maxthon, I decided to look it up and thought it merited a review.

Mobile Browser with Synced Tabs
Maxthon is a browser built for the multi-device world. Its primary novelty is something called Maxthon Passport which is an account you set up with Maxthon (free) which allows you to sync and push tabs, text, pictures, and downloads between devices and to your cloud account.

This sync feature is seamlessly integrated into both the desktop browser and mobile app so you can push or pull whatever you like with just a click or two (full disclosure: I’ve only used the OS X and Android versions, respectively, as that’s all I have available).

My impressions of this browser and my experience with it have been excellent. The interface is clean and all options are easy to figure out. The content push/synchronization is well built and works transparently, as it should. The speed and fluidity with which it works rivals and may even outshine Chrome and Firefox on my laptop (which is 6 years old) and certainly does wonders over Dolphin Browser (a popular and capable browser) on my Android phone — it even asks for fewer and less sensitive permissions, which makes me feel a little more at ease.

As with any program that you will be doing sensitive transactions with (banking, shopping, webmail, etc.), security of your data should be a trump-all; but considering the berth of people already using Maxthon without widespread complaints of malicious software or poor security, it may be something you should look in to. Check out Maxthon here.

P.S.: Maxthon uses WebKit as its rendering engine with Trident as a backup for those pages that won’t render properly, ergo IT’S STANDARDS COMPLIANT! Web creators rejoice!

 

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PC Advisor UK: ‘Maxthon Cloud 4.05 review: a web browser you should install and try today’

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Via PC Advisor UK

Maxthon Cloud 4.05 review: a web browser you should install and try today
Free
Manufacturer: Maxthon
Our Rating:
By Roland Waddilove | PC Advisor | 29 April 13
Maxthon Cloud is a web browser that takes the engines from Internet Explorer and Chrome and adds a new skin and features. It’s well worth trying out. Here’s our Maxthon Cloud 4.05 review–
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Maxthon Cloud is a browser that takes the engines from Internet Explorer and Chrome and adds a new skin and features. The current version of Chrome is 26, but Maxthon uses version 22. However, Chrome is updated so frequently that v22 is only around six months old.

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Maxthon uses whichever version of Internet Explorer is installed on your PC, so it’s down to you how up to date it is. A button at the right-hand side of the address box switches from IE to Chrome engines.

A large number of extras are bundled with the browser. For example, there’s an optional dock that sits on the left side of the screen and this provides icons to launch various features. One opens a ‘downloads’ window that’s more convenient than Chrome’s download tab.

There’s a note-taking widget, which is handy when using the web for research. An RSS button opens a newsreader tab and you can subscribe to news feeds and import feeds from Google Reader.

The dock can be customized and there’s a palette of extra items like eBay, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and others. See also: Beginner’s guide to Twitter

The status bar at the bottom of browser windows is rarely used for anything beneficial, but Maxthon adds a system monitor. It can display CPU usage, upload and download speeds, memory usage and more.

This is excellent and useful information. You also get a button to access an advert blocker so you can browse the web ad-free. There’s a Safari-like reader mode that strips web pages of the clutter and just displays the content; magic fill for online forms; a night mode for browsing in the dark (we’re sure there must be a legitimate reason for doing this).

Maxthon Cloud, as the name suggests, provides a cloud service that performs several useful functions. It syncs browsing data across all your computers, tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android) like Google Chrome does. You can also send a web link from your desktop to your smartphone or tablet.

Plus, there’s more: you can push content to other computers and devices, such as links, text and images, and downloads are also stored online, which enables them to be downloaded to other computers and devices.

Maxthon Cloud 4.05: Bottom line

If you like feature-laden browsers, this will be right up your street. It has some useful cloud-based features that are not available in other web browsers. There are useful extensions too.

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CNN Money: ‘The browser war is far from over’

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Via CNN Money

It’s just gone mobile.

FORTUNE – There was a time when web browsers duked it out for dominance on the desktop. But with users consuming information more and more on smartphones, tablets, and newer form factors like “phablets,” the battleground has shifted to mobile. Who’s winning?

As recently as June 2012, the competition was in a dead heat: Android led with nearly 22%, followed by Opera at 22%, then Safari on iOS with 21% according to StatCounter. Google’s (GOOG) Android has cemented a solid lead since then with 31%, iOS at 24%, and Opera trailing with 15%.

The stock Android browser pulled ahead of Opera and Safari for iOS last summer.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the proliferation of Android devices. According to the analytics firm IDC, Android phone makers shipped 162 million devices during the first quarter of 2013; Apple (AAPL) shipped 37 million. (And in case you’re curious, Windows Phone came third, with 7 million.)

RockMelt, a desktop-focused web browser that launched in late 2010, recently announced it was changing course. In the two-and-a-half years since launch, the innovative browser which integrated social network and RSS feed integration right into the browser window, only signed up 4.5 million users. Like it or not, the desktop market is a landscape ruled with a virtual iron fist by the likes of Microsoft (MSFT) Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. “Browsers today are just big dumb windows in [consumers'] way,” Rockmelt co-founder and CTO Tim Howes told The Wall Street Journal recently. Rockmelt recently announced Rockmelt for Web, a content aggregator any Internet user with a browser can access.

On iOS, there’s no shortage of Web browsers to choose, from Opera to the lesser-known Atomic Web Browser, all of which try to put their own spin on mobile Internet browsing to stand out: features like accelerated Web site loading, different ways to juggle Windows, bookmark syncing, among others.
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But there’s a problem for third-party developers. Much like Internet Explorer is the pre-loaded browser on Microsoft Windows, Android is the default browser on the Android operating system, as Safari is on iOS. Which is why, according to StatCounter, such offerings are at a distant fourth place right now. “The thing is, Safari and Android are default recipients of your link, and what’s going to overcome that?” explains Forrester analyst Charles Golvin. You can download other browsers, but there isn’t a setting like on the PC that makes a browser like Firefox or Google Chrome the go-to browser. “Until that’s the case, we’re not going to get as much real competition.”

Still, companies like Maxthon, which The Journal reports has 120 million users, is pushing forward with its own desktop, mobile, and in-car browser offerings, which includes a deal this year with Pioneer Electronics where drivers and passengers can surf the web via touch-screen device.

Translation: The browser war is far from dead. They’re just more cross-platform than ever.

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Geek Insider: ‘The 4 Best Specialized Web Browsers’

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Via Geek Insider

By  Mohseen Lala •  geekinsider.com • May 15, 2013
Getting bored of the same old browsers? Then welcome to the 4 best specialized web browsers, all of which sport special features and uses you won’t find in traditional desktop web surfing portals.

Specialized Web Browsers
Sometimes, there is a need for precision, special features and even a change of scenery in one’s web browsers. There are times when the big five, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer just don’t cut it anymore. Times when we need new blood that’s faster, more specialized and just plain different.

So, without any further buffering, let’s get started.

#4
Lunascape
Lunascape is unique for the three rendering engines that it is built upon, namely Gecko (Firefox uses Gecko), Webkit (Safari uses Webkit) and Trident (used by Internet Explorer). The browser was developed in Tokyo, by the Lunascape Corporation, and is currently available on Windows, all iOS devices and Android. Although Android users should note that it doesn’t work very well on low end processors. The Mac OS X version is tagged as “Coming Soon” on their website.

The Lunascape browser is not as add-on friendly as Firefox, or as fancy looking as Safari when on Windows, but its three engines (they can seamlessly auto switch) means that there isn’t a website, image, video or web code it cannot display. This specialized web browser is perfect for web developers and designers to use as a compatibility and comparability tool for the websites they build.

#3
Zac Browser
The Zac browser is the only specialized web browser developed from the ground up to help teenagers and children with autism, and the homepage shows that. The project kicked off in 2009 when developer John LeSieur’s grandson, Zack, was diagnosed with severe autism at the tender age of 13. Of course, normal browsers were simply too frustrating to use, and so John got to work modifying the KidCD browser into Zac Browser. Keep in mind that although it is free, the Zac specialized web browser is proprietary software and does restrict access to certain websites.

This specialized web browser is currently  available for both Mac and PC, and requires a free download of Adobe Air before installation can proceed. But it’s absolutely perfect, as it is simple and very efficiently organized for people with autism, EDD and various other attention issues.

#2
Songbird
Do you ever wish your web browser and music player were the same thing? Apparently so did a certain Rob Lord and friends at Pioneers of the Inevitable. They got to work making Songbird, which is a specialized web and music player that allows users to access the internet and download, purchase, listen, play, import and sync music while surfing the internet. Users can also have Songbird scan their local hard drives and import playlists, songs and albums. So, even if there’s no internet, there still is a music player to listen to.

This musically specialized web browser/music store can play all the common music formats (MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA), is highly customizable via skins referred to as “Feathers” and is cross platform with full support across Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android. The Linux version is christened Nightingale; audiophiles  and netizens of the world, this is the perfect music browser for you.

#1
Maxthon
The world is now one giant, interconnected hub of vitally trivial information, and that’s where Maxthon shines. A cloud based alternative web browser, that prides itself on its “stop anywhere, pick up anywhere” functionality. Maxthon is Geek Inside’rs best specialized browser, for it does everything Google Chrome can do, but more efficiently. The browser is designed to take full advantage of dual core CPUs, and this makes it feel smooth, fast and quick even in older systems.

Originally known as MyIE2, the browser uses a passport system, and can work across any range of mobile or stationary devices that are signed up to an individual user’s passport. History, tabs, information, password and preferences are all saved in a cloud, which can also be used to share files, videos and images. Maxthon is the proud winner of CNET WebWare 100 Awards in 2008 and the following year, and ranked number 97 on  PCWorld’s list of the 100 Best Products of 2011.

There you have it, the best specialized web browsers if you’re into online music, deal with autism, enjoy tinkering on the web and love the convenience of cloud browsing. Which are your favorite web browsers? And why do you like them? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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Wall Street Journal: Web Browsers Are Reinvented

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

By JESSICA E. LESSIN

Mobile phones, wearable devices and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology. But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend with implications for how consumers work and entertain themselves online.

Companies from Google Inc. GOOG -0.31% to small startups are introducing new features, such as taking and syncing notes and files within the browser, voice-recognition, video calls and messaging. They are also reinventing the browser for newly connected devices like cars.

In one new front of experimentation, browser company Maxthon Ltd. will next month offer users the ability to sync downloads and local files across devices via its browser, in potential competition with file-sharing services like Dropbox Inc. Consumers will be able to download or send the data to a cloud storage account or other device running the browser from a drop-down menu within the browser. The company already offers the ability to take and sync notes in the browser.

Maxthon
Browser company Maxthon Ltd. will next month offer users the ability to sync downloads and local files across devices via its browser.

The little-known software, which Maxthon says has some 120 million monthly users, more than half of them in China, aims to capitalize on consumers’ desires to access their files from a range of devices. The company offers browsers for desktops, mobile phones, tablets and even in-car systems. Earlier this year, Maxthon announced a deal with Pioneer Electronics to enable users to browse the Web from an in-car touch-screen device.

“It’s clear we’re shifting to a multi-device world and that creates a lot of pain points,” says Karl Mattson, vice president and general manager of Maxthon, which has about 220 employees. “The browser is the natural frame for this,” he says.

The browser industry may have appeared staid in recent years, with the market dominated by tech giants such as Microsoft Corp., MSFT +1.04% Google andApple Inc. AAPL +0.39% Microsoft’s Internet Explorer remains the market-share leader for desktop browsers, according to Net Applications, with a 56% share of the desktop market globally. Apple’s Safari browser leads on mobile phones and tablets, with 59% share, thanks to the popularity of the iPhone and iPad.

But behind the scenes, many companies have quietly been enhancing and reimagining the Web browser, as new technologies have made it possible to do numerous activities in the browser instead of through software downloaded to a computer or mobile device. The set of new programming techniques enabling the features is often referred to as HTML5.

Companies have opened up to “add-ons” and apps, allowing users to access features like games and third-party software from a homescreen. Earlier this year, Google, which develops the Chrome browser, released software that allows developers to add voice-recognition to their Web pages, so users can browse the Web by speaking. It also released a Chrome app for its Google Keep note-taking service that syncs notes directly with its Google Drive storage service.

Microsoft has been tailoring its Internet Explorer browser for touch, focusing on making it responsive and fast for tablets like its Surface. The latest version of Internet Explorer also is designed to work well with its SkyDrive storage service.

Maxthon
A Maxthon browser

Apps have stolen some thunder from browsers, especially as consumers find apps faster and more convenient to use than the Web. That has spurred some of the latest browser innovation.

Jay Sullivan, chief operating officer of browser maker Mozilla Corp., says browsing is going to become more social through new and easy ways to share what people are browsing with friends. “It will be more lively, quick and fun,” he says.

Mozilla’s Firefox browser has rolled out new features, such as the ability to integrate with social-networking sites so users can see updates and messages from Facebook Inc. FB +0.52% within the browser’s frame. It is also testing the feature with Sina Corp.’s SINA -0.76%Weibo for Chinese users.

Mozilla also is working on embedded communication features. For instance, consumers could open up a chat screen within their browser and drag a video from a Web page into the screen to share immediately. Mozilla is also trying to persuade websites to adopt a new identity system called Persona that aims to eliminate passwords. It allows users to log into websites using existing accounts and passwords.

Past attempts to spiff up browsers haven’t always taken off. Onetime Web-browser startup Rockmelt, which once trumpeted its integration with Facebook, says its desktop browser had 4.5 million users but will be discontinued in the next few months. It has changed course to become a discovery service for finding interesting Web content.

Tim Howes, Rockmelt co-founder and chief technology officer, said in a statement that “browsers today are just big dumb windows in [consumers'] way.”

Some new browser features, like file-sharing, aim to replicate functions or Web services that are already easy to access across multiple devices through services like Google Drive or Dropbox.

Mr. Mattson of Maxthon says integrated features are more convenient for users. He likens some of the stand-alone services to “using a five-pound hammer to kill a mosquito” when something simpler within the browser will do.

Write to Jessica E. Lessin at jessica.lessin@wsj.com

VentureBeat: Maxthon offers an alternative browser that won’t crash

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Via Venture Beat

The DeanBeat: Maxthon offers an alternative browser that won’t crash while running multiple games

Maxthon has carved out a name for itself as a reliable alternative web browser built with the cloud in mind. The company has more than 120 million monthly users for its browser, which isn’t as crash-prone as those made by its rivals.

Now the Beijing-based company hopes to transform the web experience further by releasing a WebKit core for Android browsers so they can become better foundations for web-based games. The new release of the browser, which has achieved a billion downloads, will make it work even better with web-based games, the company says.

Karl Mattson, the general manager of Maxthon International, told GamesBeat that the Maxthon cloud browser has carved out a niche among gamers because it allows them to sign into as many as five separate accounts simultaneously. That allows them to play different games at the same time. It is also more reliable since memory-management technology was built into the browser from the ground up. If you’ve ever had a browser crash on you during a game or a multi-window session, you’ll come to appreciate memory management. This is basic plumbing for the internet. And it’s something that is holding up the progress of the game industry, along with the difficulty of making games that can run across various platforms.

“We’ve grown by word of mouth in the gaming community,” Mattson said. “We’re the you’ve never heard of. Now we’re offering the world’s best support for HTML5,” the lingua franca of the web. In a test running HTML5 canvas using the CanvasMark benchmark, Maxthon scored the highest of the major web browsers in running HTML5 pages.

That improved support for HTML5 will make it easier to run both 2D and 3D games in web browsers, enabling games to be written once for the web and run on a variety of platforms. Maxthon is available as an app in Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Google Play store for Android devices.

“Gamers are the canaries in the coal mine in leading support for fast browser performance,” Mattson said.

Mattson said that the browser has become the favorite of pro gamers who play web-based games in professional tournaments. It also offers a split-screen feature on the desktop. Maxthon says it can render web pages on Windows, Android, and iOS faster than any .

Maxthon is growing in a variety of regions, but its market share in browsers is still below that of rivals like Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. The company is now expanding in the U.S. market. Another rival is OnLive, which offers a cloud-based browser that loads pages really fast. But Maxthon doesn’t put quite as much of the computing task in the web-connected data centers, or cloud, itself.

“Our goal is to make the actual software faster,” Mattson said.

Jeff Chen, a student in Singapore, started the browser in 2003 when he created a browser out of frustration. He was tired of the poor performance of the big browsers and found an abandoned browser projected dubbed MyIE. He decided to craft his own browser, dubbed MyIE2. He formed the company Maxthon in 2004 and kept adding features. In 2005, Chen renamed the company Maxthon, and the browser became the first one with tabs. Then it added sandboxed tabs in 2007 for added security. In 2008, Maxthon offered cloud-based services for syncing bookmarks and history.

With memory management, Maxthon allows you to pick up where you left off, no matter what you were working on, with any of your Internet-enabled devices.

“We started with a high-performance web-browsing experience,” Mattson said. “We made a strong commitment in the last year and a half to HTML5 support. We’ve got support in the gaming community because of this. We’re making HTML5 games work really well. As a company, we believe that the browser should change the computing experience.”

That meant that users could log into their browser and access their own favorite web pages and history of browsing from any location. In 2010, Maxthon came out on Android, and it has reached more than 500 million downloads to date on that platform. In 2011, the browser came out on Android tablets. Maxthon is also getting chip makers such as Intel and Advanced Micro Devices to support its software in their hardware. The company received one round of funding from Charles River Capital and WI Harper. Today, the browser is used in more than 150 countries.

Maxthon provides HTML5 support in Android, allowing for high-quality video support and Web GL enhancements. Other new features include the ability to run 2D games at 60 frames per second on devices that can support such graphics. It can also run WebGL 3D graphics.

Maxthon has more than 220 employees and is profitable. Now that’s a company that should be on the radar of all of the major game companies and platform owners.
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