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Engadget: Maxthon browser to be preloaded in at least 100 million smartphones

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Maxthon browser to be preloaded in at least 100 million smartphones thanks to MediaTek partnership

By Nicole Lee

Though Maxthon launched its Android browser three years ago, it might not be the go-to app most users have when they get their brand new smartphone. That might change soon however, thanks to a recently announced partnership between the software company and RollTech, the value-added services arm of  MediaTek, one of the world’s largest mobile chipset suppliers. As a result of the collaboration, the Maxthon mobile browser will be pre-installed in more than 100 million MediaTek-based smartphones in 2014. Though we don’t know yet just which devices will have the software on board, a partially released list does include manufacturers like LG, ZTE and Lenovo. It appears that the phones will likely be targeted at emerging markets, with a focus on those in Brazil, Russia, China, India and Indonesia. Combine that with features like cloud syncing and LAN file transfer, and Maxthon might just gain marketshare over that other popular Android browsers.


TechCrunch: Maxthon Inks Deal With Mobile Chip Maker MediaTek That Will Preload Its Browser Onto 100M Mobile Devices In 2014

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Maxthon Inks Deal With Mobile Chip Maker MediaTek That Will Preload Its Browser Onto 100M Mobile Devices In 2014

By Catherine Shu

Web browser maker Maxthon has announced a partnership with Rolltech, the value-added services arm of MediaTek, the third largest global supplier of chipsets used in Android smartphones. The deal means that in 2014 Maxthon’s mobile browser will be preloaded onto upwards of 100 million smartphones and tablets made by manufacturers such as LGE, ZTE, TCL/Alcatel, Gionee, Phillips, Techain, Konka, Lenovo Mobile, CKT and LavaMobile.

“It’s a very broad and diverse list of OEMs, so when you look at where these devices will end up, that is what is most exciting to us,” says Karl Mattson, vice president of Maxthon’s International Division. “We’re talking about Russia, China, most of Latin America, as well as some very interesting markets in Indonesia and Thailand.”

Based in Taiwan, MediaTek has rapidly grabbed market share away from other smartphone app processor makers such as Qualcomm and Samsung by providing manufacturers with the chips, instructions and software that they need to quickly and cheaply bring devices to market. Rolltech, MediaTek’s software licensing arm, helps OEMs customize and preload software and services onto mobile devices, allowing them to add value to smartphones and tablets without further eroding into their already slim margins.

Preloading its browser onto devices sold in emerging markets is a crucial part of Maxthon’s growth strategy and the deal with MediaTek will significantly enlarge the Beijing-based company’s user base, which is currently 120 million people per month in more than 150 countries. Maxthon hopes to gain scale against competitors such as UCWeb, Opera and Firefox by grabbing a strong foothold in markets that currently have low Internet penetration, meaning that most users haven’t yet developed brand loyalty to specific mobile browsers.

“The significance of our MediaTek relationship is twofold. One is that it obviously represents many new potential customers. But it is also very significant for us strategically in that it gives us heavy, heavy distribution in the markets we know we want to grow in. In the longer term, we know these markets will be where the next billion [Internet users] come from,” says Mattson.

Maxthon designs its Chromium-based browser so it can be easily localized to suit the Web usage habits of its various target markets. For example, MMORPG games are especially popular in Thailand, while Brazilians use a wider variety of social media networks than people in other countries. Maxthon’s cloud-based browser means that users with accounts can access their content across different platforms, adding further incentive for them to stick with Maxthon when moving between their smartphones, tablets and PCs.

“One thing that we just launched is a really robust smartphone experience in the browser that allows us to aggregate content, services and video in a very specific market-by-market way that will allow users to do things like off-line reading and viewing, and keep that customized experience with them even when using other devices,” says Mattson.


VentureBeat: Alternative browser maker Maxthon cuts a deal to break into smartphones

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Alternative browser maker Maxthon cuts a deal to break into smartphones

By Dean Takahashi

Watch out browser makers. Maxton is coming to smartphones and tablets through an alliance with Taiwan’s MediaTek.

Jeff Chen, the founder and chief executive of alternative browser maker Maxthon, was tired of slow and crash-prone browsers. So he built a fast and reliable one called Maxthon. Now his company has more than 100 million monthly users for its browser. And today, the company is announcing it has figured out a way to reach as many as 100 million more users on smartphones and tablets in 2014. It will do so through an alliance with mobile chip maker MediaTek, which will design the Maxthon browser into its products.

That could help turn Maxthon into a more credible competitor to the big browsers: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, and Mozilla’s Firefox. Maxthon, which is based in San Francisco and Hong Kong, has partnered with MediaTek’s value-added services arm, RollTech. MediaTek, based in Taiwan, is the third-largest supplier of chips for Android smartphones and tablets. The companies say that the alliance means that Maxthon’s web browsers will be preloaded into 100 million smartphones in 2014. Of course, Maxthon will have its work cut out getting users to use its browser instead of others.

I recently sat down with Chen and Karl Mattson, general manager of Maxthon International, for an interview.

“Our chunk of the browser market is both large and small,” said Mattson. “We are in the top five. It’s a big business. But we are smaller than IE or Chrome. Still, for us that means we have a big opportunity. We can be a lot more nimble. We can pursue things faster. And fix things faster.”

Maxthon hopes to distinguish itself from other through better performance. That’s where its roots were.
“We got a lot of inspiration from gamers, and I played a lot of games myself,” said Chen, a big fan of the Galaga arcade game when he was a kid. As a college student in Singapore, he turned that interest in games into a career in programming.

“I started using the internet a lot in 2003. Internet Explorer was so horrible to use,” he said. He created a community around his browser, which he first called MyIE. It was sort of like open source, as community members contributed to the effort. But Chen himself wrote all the final code. In 2004, he got more than 3 million users. He founded the company, Maxthon, got some funding, and continued to expand it worldwide. It innovated with new features such as tabs, sandboxed tabs for added security, and 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.

Because of its focus on speed, Maxthon switched from the Trident browser engine in 2008 because Microsoft was slow to fix it. Chen adopted the Webkit engine that Apple used to create Safari. The company also focused on making Maxthon ideal for gamers by allowing them to sign into five accounts at the same time. Chen also focused on reliable memory management so that the browser would be less prone to crash.

“RollTech’s mission is to work with OEMs and device manufacturers to help deliver the best possible combination of smart devices and services to the markets they serve,” says Huiling Liu, CEO and founder of RollTech. “We’re pleased to add Maxthon’s high performance web browsers to our efforts. “ Maxthon will be pre-loaded in a number of smart phones and tablets sold through original device manufacturers. A partial list includes LGE, ZTE,TCL/Alcatel, Gionee, Phillips, Techain, Konka, LenovoMobile, CKT, and LavaMobile.


AllThingsD: Maxthon Partners With Android Chipmaker to Preload Mobile Browser in Emerging Markets

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Maxthon Partners With Android Chipmaker to Preload Mobile Browser in Emerging Markets

By Eric Johnson

Maxthon announced today that, via a new partnership with RollTech, the mobile version of its alternative Web browser will be preloaded onto more than 100 million smartphones in 2014. RollTech is a subsidiary of MediaTek, the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer that claims to be the third-largest global supplier of chipsets for Android devices. Maxthon hopes to build inroads with customers in emerging markets where Internet penetration is currently low but improving thanks to the increasing affordability of mobile devices.


NextBigWhat: The Best Browser You Have Never Heard Of Is Looking At India

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Best Browser You Have Never Heard Of Is Looking At India

By Jayadevan P K

“We are the best browser you have never heard of,” jokes Karl Mattson, the Vice President & Assistant CEO of Maxthon, a China based browser company. But in the coming days, you will be hearing a lot more about the company’s cloud browser as it turns up its focus on India and other markets. The cloud based browser built by Jeff Chen, has had more than 25 mn installations spread between Android, iOS, Windows & Mac in India.

“Three years ago, the #2 market for Maxthon outside of China was Russia. Then we launched our Android products and our new version of Maxthon for Windows. Within a year, our #2 market was India,” said Mattson in an interview. Edited Excerpts.

What kind of growth are you seeing in India?

The growth is coming almost equally from Android and desktop usage. What’s really astounding is that it is all based on word of mouth. We are growing like crazy in Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. In lot of our Asian markets, a big driver of usage is casual gaming and social networking. When we get to North America & the EU, average users are a bit older and shopping drives usage. In India, content is a huge driver followed by social networking. We are making more and more investments in this market. We believe in customizing experiences in different markets and growth is largely organic so far.

Have you done any customization for India?

We have done a little bit of customization for Android with the start page. But we are excited about new additions we are about to roll out in September. The Android browser will have a Flipboard like customized content experience as part of the browsing experience. Mobile browser usage is heavily tipped towards content consumption and we are going to roll out those features in India sometime in the middle of September.

How many users do you have in India?

We have had upwards of 25 mn installations spread between Android, iOS, Windows & Mac. On any given day, the number of daily unique users, is between 5-10 mn. That may seem like a small number but when you look at the browser market, most companies quote aggregate downloads, which is not a really indication of actual popularity. We are definitely top 4 in India at this point at least on Android. We are behind Chrome, IE, Mozilla and Opera in India. We are a smaller company but what is exciting is the growth we are experiencing through word of mouth. You will be hearing a lot more about us in the next month or so.

Does that involve large marketing spend like WeChat and others in India? Or is there a different approach?

It is very different. From the beginning, our approach has been to run the business and product by international standards. A good product is a good product globally. We are not in a position like Tencent or WeChat, that are created and driven by a particular culture. You can turn that around and say the same thing about Microsoft which makes products in Redmont and uses its marketing muscle to sell in other markets. Our approach has been different. We are focused on what our customers in the market have been telling us either through direct communication or through more proactive approaches. In our Russian market, for example, lot of websites are optimized for Internet Explorer. What that means is that you often need to use Internet explorer for things like the ‘shopping cart’ to work. That’s driven by the browser’s rendering engine (in this case Trident, the rendering engine by Microsoft). We also knew that we can create a much faster experience with Webkit, the open source rendering engine. Our response to those needs was to launch a browser that had both rendering engines and then add some intelligence to identify if the website is Trident optimized or Webkit optimized and make sure it works. We have done similar things in the US & China.

NextBigWhat Take

The setup is little file that downloads quickly over broadband internet connection. We tried the browser and found it to be snappy. It imported bookmarks without asking, but that’s a problem only if you are too touchy about permissions. If you ask me, it is just convenient.

It’s got all the regular features like tabbed browsing and private browsing. We love the fact that the browser is highly customizable.

Maxthon’s nifty little dock lets you pin itself onto the desktop so you can access all your web shortcuts with one click without launching the browser. If you are looking for a browser that syncs across your devices and gives you a lot of control, we recommend you try this out.


Maxthon Releases Next Generation Android Browser for Superior Performance

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Maxthon Releases Next Generation Android Browser for Superior Performance and Standards Support and User Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Maxthon, a global software company that develops state-of-the-art web browsers, today released a new version of its Android browser with new features like state of the art ad blocking, full screen and free file syncing and backup – all wrapped with superior speed and standards support, including the world’s best top support for HTML 5 standards.

“Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the first screen for the users who are accessing the internet in emerging markets,” said Jeff Chen, CEO of Maxthon. “That places an even greater importance on the need for a truly mobile-optimized browser. This offers a better user experience that comes with a great ‘out of the box’ set of standard features plus free cloud services that make the multi-device web a pain free proposition.”

Driven by user testing and feedback from around the world and in-house WebKit performance optimization, Maxthon’s new Android browser makes mobile browsing faster, easier and more convenient. Features include:

Industry’s best Android performance: Maxthon’s optimized core enables faster speed along with the world’s best HTML5 performance and the most comprehensive HTML5 support.

Ad Blocker: Easy setup and a mix of global and user-created rules block annoying pop-ups, ads and promotions that get in the way.

Full Screen Mode: Easily expand the browser to every point on the screen. This, with Maxthon’s best of industry video performance make for a great video experience.

Optimized one-handed use: Elegant features, such as the added “push away menu,” allows users to easily view content and navigate the web seamlessly.

Personal file back up and syncing: Users can push and sync their local files from their Android device to a free, secure account in the Cloud and from there to their other Windows, Mac, iOS devices running the Maxthon Cloud Browser. The free storage is unlimited.

“The next wave of the global web is all about mobile with Android leading the way,” said Karl Mattson, VP of Maxthon’s international division. “This version of our browser builds on already strong performance and ‘out of the box’ experience to truly make the mobile web faster, more fun and more accessible. Whether your smart phone is your ‘first,’ ‘second’ or ‘third’ screen, we’re confident that if you give it a try, Maxthon Android will be your last browser.” Download Maxthon here.

About Maxthon
Maxthon is an innovative software company that develops superior web browsers that continue to set new standards for speed, security, simplicity and cloud features. It is available on the Windows, Android, iOS and Mac platforms. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Maxthon reaches a global community of users that tops more than 120,000,000 people each month in more than 150 countries. For more information about Maxthon please visit

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Maxthon’s 3-Step Approach to Better Security

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Maxthon’s 3-Step Approach to Better Security

At Maxthon, security and privacy aren’t terms to be thrown around, they are a promise. We have the arsenal of security systems and processes to keep you and your data safe as you freely enjoy your web the way you want it, when you want it, wherever you want it. We look the question of security in three major areas:  (1) Encryption for over the air (OTA) processes; (2) Data management in the Cloud and (3) Personnel practices.

Let’s look at the 3 areas using the Maxthon Cloud browser, starting with number one. In most browsers and websites most of these requests aren’t encrypted.  Device encryption is based on the concept of cryptography, a method long used to keep information secret. User information such as favorites and browsing history is translated into an encryption algorithm and spread out amongst several different web servers, turning it into unreadable text.

If you’re in a place using an insecure WiFi network and passing unencrypted requests to the web someone could easily be ‘listening’  to every http request you make and reading the un-encrypted strings of text – which could include your personal information and conversations.  You don’t have to worry about that when you use the Maxthon Cloud Browser.  Every time you share, send or sync something with our product it’s encrypted – to the AES 256 standard.

In our second area of protect, we look at how Maxthon manages your data in the Cloud. Once you make that request and our Cloud Browser encrypts it and sends it to your Cloud account we add another wall of defense. Your (now-encrypted) data is then cryptographically ‘hashed’ and distributed to different servers in our architecture. Basically, it’s chopped up into many chunks, which are separately encrypted.

Finally, we take a serious approach to personnel practices – especially around who can access our infrastructure and the reasons justifying sporadic access.  Long story short, there are a very small number of Maxthon network operations team members who can even access any of the servers your data (now-encrypted and now-hashed) is now spread out on.

Finally, there’s the ‘key’ – which is how to unlock this data.  Some cloud services maintain the customer’s ‘key’ in their cloud. Maxthon chose to keep that limited to the physical device – meaning you would have to have physical possession of the device in question to access decrypted Cloud content.

We don’t make it easy for hackers. Simply put, if an unauthorized individual or government agency tries to hack your browser looking for data or files, they will be met with a wall of mumbo-jumbo and your information remains safe.



Karl Mattson

Vice President


GeekInsider: A Look Into Maxthon’s Future: My Interview With Karl Mattson

Monday, August 5th, 2013

By Mohseen Lala

I had opportunity to figuratively sit down with Karl Mattson, Vice President of Maxthon, and candidly talk about the browser and its future .

A Look Into The Future Of Maxthon

For the ones who do not know, Maxthon is an alternative to the usual array of big name browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera and even maybe Internet Explorer (I said maybe). Maxthon’s appeal lies in its ability to connect with almost any device, providing a singular experience for users across any range of devices. Except for Nokia Symbian smartphones, I asked, and they said no.

The idea behind the browser is pretty straightforward. You can access your pages, tabs, browser history and preferences as you left them, from device to device. It works across smartphones, tablets and of course PCs, with Android, iOS, Windows 8 and Mac OS X fully supported.

Sorry Linux fans, no cookie for you guys yet. Although I was assured that Maxthon would look into bringing their browser onto the free to use operating system someday.

Based on the mythical “cloud” that has become the industry’s biggest buzzword, Maxthon aims to provide a seamless and customized experience for users across any device, anytime. And how close are they to such a lofty goal? Let’s find out:

Me: Where does Maxthon see itself in the next two years?

Karl: Overall, within the next two years Maxthon will distinguish itself from its competitors as role model in the security, efficiency and personal-cloud storage space, acquiring an even larger and loyal user base that will continue driving its innovative approach as the browser of tomorrow.

Me: Will Maxthon as a browser ever considering taking a different focus once constantly connected web browsing becomes the absolute norm?

Karl: We’ve already started a new focus, in 2006 when we launched our first iteration of cloud services on our Windows browsers. The missing terms are ‘constantly connected using difference devices.’ The different device aspect is the source of many consumer pain points. This is something we’re mitigating with our Cloud Browser, a suite of browsers designed to give you a ‘pick up where you left off’ experience.

Me: Does Maxthon have any plans to appear on non-conventional platforms? Particularly Android based gaming consoles such as the OUYA or Project Shield?

Karl: We are always looking at new, as you say, ‘non-conventional’ platforms. And we do this with an eye toward where the growth will occur across the world. Gaming consoles are increasingly looking more like a home server/ multifunction connected device. We are in talks with at least one major gaming console.

Consoles based on Google OS, are also something we would investigate. Probably the biggest growth area for ‘non-conventional platforms’ is that of IPTV. We’re very close to a reality where what we once knew as ‘TV’ will be 100% mitigated through a high performance browser like Maxthon. As such we have been building and testing set-top box browsers for internet-enabled television for more than a year.

Me: Right now, the Windows version of Maxthon is more advanced than the Macintosh version, is there a plan to make sure these two platforms are equally up-to-date, or will there always be a one lagging behind the other?

Karl: Yes, the Windows version contains more feature than our Mac version. We just launched our Mac version less than a year ago, and on a very tight schedule. In short, we are planning to help our Mac version ‘catch up’ to our windows version. In 2 weeks we will launch one of our most popular Windows features on Mac — our ‘Ad Blocker’ feature, and more features similar are coming throughout the end of 2013.

Me: Why isn’t there a Linux version of Maxthon? And why wasn’t Linux integration considered during development?

Karl: There isn’t a current Linux version of Maxthon presently. Linux integration was strongly considered during our ‘Cloud Browser’ build process. However, due to the realities of finite resources and a very fast build cycle we ended up not having Linux as part of the launch of the ‘Cloud Browser.’

That will likely change, though as there are some interesting developments in the global PC market that point to global Linux growth brought on by the high licensing fees of Microsoft (MS just want an arm and a leg for everything, don’t they?) And what has been an across-the-board improvement in Linux OS user experience and software support.

Me: Is a Symbian version even remotely being considered?

Karl: We are not currently considering doing a Symbian version of Maxthon. We all know Symbian still enjoys very large global popularity, comparatively speaking, but the reality of developing for Symbian is tough — as many of Nokia’s smart phones used slightly branched versions of Symbian 60. This means we couldn’t do just ‘one’ version of Maxthon for say, Symbian 60. We would need to test and QA about ten.

Me: Is a revamp to the current private browsing system coming soon? And on all supported platforms or just some?

Karl: Yes, we plan to add many more features related to private and anonymous, trackless browsing, across all platforms to the best of their capabilities. However, as you know, you can do something in Android that you can’t do on iOS and vice versa.

Me: Final question, would Maxthon ever considering using its own servers to compress and read data, making page loads faster and easier for systems that are a slow or sport a limited internet connection?

Karl: In our view server-side compression is a ‘bridge’ solution made up of technology that will soon become obsolete as overall bandwidth speed increases globally. Plus, it’s an expensive game to get into with some thorny user experience issues. Bottom line, it is not a magic bullet to better performance. As such, we’re focusing on making the engine, the browser, faster in all use cases.

Well, that’s it for now folks, feel free to ask your own questions below in the comments section. I’ll do my best to answer them as factually as I can.


RightStarups: Cloud Browser with Muscle & Security, Startup Maxthon Caters to HTML5 Users

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

By Dawn-Marie Januzzi

Cloud Browser with Muscle & Security, Startup Maxthon Caters to HTML5 Users

So while no one is certainly abandoning their reliance on Chrome, Safari or Firefox, Maxthon offers the power user some muscle behind cloud computing. Currently the search engine for cloud computing has 100 million unique visitors each month and is being used in 140 different countries.

The Vice President for Maxthon, Karl Mattson relates the browsers growth to web developing and gaming communities who are satisfied with the memory management being built-in, HTML5 support and GPU acceleration. He states that they specifically are catering to the gaming crowd and its need for heavy use of HTML5 in building games and a browser that can run them.

Maxthon is based in Beijing and has other offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded by Jeff Chen in 2006 when Chen was at the National University of Singapore. He had relieved the coding job from the MyIE founder and was able to buildup a community of over six million users. It was with their feedback from that experience that he formulated Maxthon. The latest version is a Chromium base that is Chrome compatible.

Mattson stated that Maxthon will continue to focus on three specific areas: portability, out of the box user experience and performance.

Certainly it’s a benefit that Maxthon works with all platforms and it is therefore convenient for those who use both Macs and Windows, or any other kind of mobile OS, allowing them to maintain their data synced across all devices by using a Maxthon Passport account.

Maxthon has decided to leverage international boundaries by localizing in each market it enters. For instance, when it entered the Russian market it partnered with Yandex, the largest search engine in that market and produced a version of the browser in Russian. In the China marketplace they published a Maxthon version for Mac machines that comes pre-loaded with Aliay, that country’s biggest third party payment provider.

Maxthon offers its user a lot of built in capabilities that negate the need for extension and plug-ins, but it still allows for the user to customize their options in the browser. Another plus for users is the focus Maxthon’s placed on privacy and security, particularly after the NSA surveillance scandal, and the browse utilizes a AES 256 encryption.

Mattson declared that even under the guise of a subpoena from the government, Maxthon would be unable to provide much information as there isn’t a record to be found. He used the words, “technologically impossible” for them to be able to deliver. In fact he described their security and encryption being such that if they were to hand over a disk it would relate only “mush.”

Maxthon’s been backed financially by the VC firms Charles River Ventures, WI Harper and Morten Lund, the early Skype investor. Maxthon’s revenue stream is generated by its premium service sales.


Tech News Daily Recommends Maxthon to Avoid Online Bank Fraud

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Small mention but noteworthy!

If your business can’t spare the space or the hardware, consider booting a PC from a live CD, using a USB-based browser or setting aside a seldom-used browser, such as Opera or Maxthon, to be used only to access online bank accounts.