UC Mobile has released an update to the UC Browser 8.2 Beta for Java phones. The only reported changes in this version are:
- A fix for the bug that prevented users from entering URLs on Samsung bada phones.
- On touch screen phones users can now swipe left and right to go backward and forward though session history.
- A fix for a bug on some phones where the soft keys didn’t work when copying text from a Web page (free copy).
I tested the update on a Samsung GT-S8500L Wave bada phone. That phone was effected by the URL entry bug and I’m happy to report that the update completely fixes the problem.
The new feature that lets you move backward and forward through recent pages by swiping left and right is pure genius. It’s especially welcome on the Wave where the touch back and forward buttons are tiny and hard to use.
Swiping to go back and forward only works with mobile pages that fit screen width when the Browser’s “Zoom” (desktop layout) mode is enabled. With Zoom mode disabled swiping works with all pages. You probably want to turn Zoom mode off anyway as it’s a rendering disaster most of the time.
Download the updated version from ucweb.com
If you have a touchscreen phone and an unwanted virtual keypad appears at the bottom of the screen, I’ve created a signed patched version that removes the keypad.