We spend a lot of time surfing the web. From doing research on products, to asking questions to things we just need to know the answers to immediately, to reading the news and whatever else we want to find.
Essentially though, the web is just a bunch of code and what makes it look the way we are used to seeing it is the internet browser we are using. That means that depending on the browser we can have a very different experience. Thankfully for the way Android works we don’t need to use whatever browser that came on our phone, we can easily download a new one, set it as our default browser and it’ll seamlessly work to open any links, webpages, and more.
Question is, what is the best browser for Android? Well, here I’ve compiled a list of the 6 best browsers for Android you should check out.
Google’s own browser has to be on this list. It’s frankly my favorite browser if for no other reason than it’s clean and minimalistic looking and syncs with all of my devices since I use it on all of them and login with my Google account on each. That means my bookmarks, history, saved form data and passwords, etc. comes along to whatever new device I install it on. And for someone with a horrible memory like myself, that’s awesome.
On top of that, it can automatically translate web pages in other languages for you, has a voice search feature, and more. And with over 1,000,000 downloads, you can say it’s pretty popular.
The browser loved by millions for it’s speed and super useful add-ons, Firefox browser has to be on this list.
With super simple browser tabs, built in casting support, fun personalization features and tons of add-ons that can add even more functionality (including ad blocking, added features to sites like Facebook and YouTube when you browser them, and so much more), it’s no surprise it has over 100,000,000 downloads and an almost religiously loyal fans.
Dolphin browser has been around for a long time and feels to me like it was one of the first third-party web browsers for Android that we started hearing about years ago. Thing is, it must be doin something right as after all this time, it’s still here.
With a native ad blocker built in, slick tabs, bookmarks and add-ons, optimized downloading and even built-in Flash support (for anyone that might still need that, I guess?), it has a ton to offer.
It even has a newer feature called Sonar which allows you to not only search using your voice, but also share pages to social, bookmark sites and more.
Opera is another one of the bigger players in the browser industry having been around for quite some time.
With Opera you get a built in ad blocker, translate feature, automatic compression of videos to help save data and reduce load times, and a smart news feed that allows you to swipe through news channels easily to get your news faster.
On top of that, Opera also has a small feature that a lot of people seem to like: the ability to force zoom on any site. Whereas most sites have a specific size and don’t allow you to zoom further in, Opera forces them to allow it so you can zoom in and make things easier to read.
A browser with a heavy focus on speed, Puffin actually uses cloud servers to process sites on their side before delivering it to your browser. The idea behind this being that their servers are more powerful than your phone and can render things faster, then deliver it to the device when ready.
This server-side rendering also affords some other features for the browser like being able to render flash for you as well as being able to encrypt all the data going through the browser for you automatically (making being on unsecured Wifi networks a little safer than using another browser). On top of that, Puffin also compresses the data going to your phone which means, theoretically, less data usage (until you start watching Flash stuff, of course).
Mercury Browser was first popular on iOS but has since made it’s way to Android. From ad block to Flash support, to gestures, auto-night mode, font changes, themes, plugins, unlimited tabs, and more it’s basically a clean looking browser with as many features as they could cram into it.
On top of that you can pin lock the browser for extra security and even add themes to it for extra customization.
There you go, the best browsers for Android I could find. I’m sure there are others you guys like so please leave your favorites in the comments below as I’d love to check them out and I’m sure others reading this would like to as well.
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