Epiphany Web Browser Now Uses HTTPS for Google Searches by Default

Users will also able to easily change the default search engine in Epiphany 3.12

The GNOME Project has also announced today that a new development release of the Epiphany 3.12 web browser for the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment is now available for download and testing.

Epiphany 3.11.3 adds HTTPS (secure HTTP) support for both the DuckDuckGo and Google search engines, improves the looks of the location bar and the downloads bar, improves filename suggestion for downloads, and cleans up the style of the about: pages.

Moreover, the new development version of Epiphany 3.12 introduces an option that allows users to easily change the default search engine, uses a custom style for the incognito mode, no longer opens downloads automatically, and removes analytics from browsed URLs when the 'Do Not Track' options is active.

Last but not least, Epiphany 3.11.3 now resets the language setting when the user removes all languages from the interface, updates various translations, and fixes several other minor bugs. For more details, please take a look at the official raw changelog.

This new development version comes after only three weeks since Epiphany 3.11.2 was released, near Christmas 2013, which means that the developers did not have time to waste. The next development version towards Epiphany 3.12, which will be part of the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment, will be 3.11.5, due for release at the beginning of February.

Furthermore, the first Beta of Epiphany 3.12 will see the light of day in mid February, followed closely by the second Beta release at the beginning of March, and the RC version in mid March.

Download Epiphany 3.11.3 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.

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