Web browsers are one of the most important apps on any device. Having the right features and performance while browsing the web can literally change your entire experience. Finding the right one can be difficult because there are so many options and the face of the web is changing all the time. Let’s take a look at the best Android browsers of 2017 (so far)!
Brave Browser is one of the newer Android browsers. It came out in 2016 and has a variety of features. There is an ad blocker built-in. Additionally, it can block third party cookies, block scripts, and it has HTTPS everywhere. Included is per-site settings just in case you need that. It also boasts optimizations for speed and battery life improvements. It also has most of the basic features like bookmarks, history, and a privacy (incognito) mode.
Dolphin Browser has seen a lot of success on Androidy. It has a decent set of features as well. That includes theming, flash support, ad-block, incognito mode, and some tertiary features like gesture controls. There is also add-on and extension support if you need that. A lot of people swear by Dolphin Browser. It covers most of the bases and that's more than enough to rank it among the best. It’s definitely one of the best Android browsers.
Ecosia is an environmentally friendly mobile web browser. It features all of the usual stuff like bookmarks, multiple tabs, a private browsing mode, and downloads. It pulls from Chromium's open source project. Thus, it looks and feels a bit like Chrome as well. The big draw here is the cause. The browser donates up to 80% of its profits to plant trees. That isn't a browser feature, but it's definitely nice. This one is good for those who don't need to browse the web often, but still want something that works well. The trees thing is a bonus. It's also free.
Firefox underwent a change in 2018. The update, dubbed Quantum, promised to add stability, quickness, and a new UI. The results are mixed right now. However, we expect Firefox to improve over the coming months and years with this new rollout. As it stands, Firefox is an above average browser. It features all the usual stuff along with a desktop syncing feature, plugin support, and integrated support with Pocket. It still has a few bugs, but it's not bad overall. It's also free as it always was.
Firefox Focus is one of the newer Android browsers. It's arguably the better Firefox browser app right now as well. This is a security-focused browser app. Basically every session is in privacy mode. Some features include a one-tap history deletion process, a fairly decent ad-block, and it blocks most types of web trackers. This is definitely not something for people who need their browser to remember their sign-in info. It's outstanding for basically everybody else, though. It's also entirely free with no in-app purchases.
Flynx by InfiKen Labs has come a long way since its inception. This unique browser works in a floating window as opposed to a full screen mode. This allows for quick web browsing. It also doesn't force you to leave the app you're currently using. When you click links, they open a little bubble on the side of the screen and the page will load in the background until you decide to click the bubble to read it yourself. It also comes with a few other features, such as night mode. It’s something different in the Android browsers space.
Of course we give the obligatory nod to the most popular Android browser. Many people have this pre-installed on their devices and opt to just keep using it. That's a perfectly reasonable thing to do. It features syncing with Google Chrome on desktop along with the latest Material Design, unlimited browsing tabs, deeper integration with Android, and plenty of other features for both basic browsing and power users. There are four total Chrome browsers. In descending order of stability, you have the regular Google Chrome, Chrome Beta, Chrome Dev, and Chrome Canary. Choose at your own risk. Google Chrome almost always has the latest Android features before other browsers as well.
Lightning Browser has returned to this list as one of the best Android browsers. It features a lightweight experience coupled with a simple design. Additionally, it comes with various features such as ad block, theming, and more. It also boasts compatibility with Orbot as a Tor proxy. That's about as secure as web browsing gets, folks. The support is a bit inconsistent but it does work. The free version is functional. However, you'll have to pay for the pro version to get unlimited tabs and ad blocking. It's also open source.
Lynket is formerly the popular Chromer browser. The rebrand came in early 2018. It's still the same browser at its core. It lets you open web links from basically any app in Chrome Custom Tabs, even if the app doesn't natively support Chrome Custom Tabs. Additionally, the app includes Web Heads, similar to Flynx or older Brave Browser. The one-two punch of Chrome Custom Tabs and Web Heads is enough to make this one of the more unique Android browsers. It works best for multi-taskers, frequent browsers, and people who really like Chrome Custom Tabs.
We're probably going to catch flack for this, but that's okay. Microsoft Edge is a legitimately decent web browser on mobile. It features a light, but effective sync feature with the desktop version. The app also works well with Windows 10 and Microsoft Launcher. Some other features include a Hub feature, a QR code reader, a voice search, and a private browsing mode. It's not great for everybody. However, those tightly ingrained in Microsoft's ecosystem probably won't find a better browser that works with their other services. Chrome is still better, but Edge closed the gap a little bit with this one.
Naked Browser may look simple, but it's no joke. It foregoes many of today's current features in favor of speed and simplicity. Of course, that means some sacrifices had to be made. However, the developers made those sacrifices with an admirable lack of repentance. The browser does do the basics, like shortcuts, bookmarks, and history. Thanks to its scaled back nature, sites generally load fairly quickly. Those looking for something flashy won't get it with this one. The developer is also a little grouchy with user feedback sometimes. Still, it's one of the better Android browsers.
Opera has a couple of Android browsers. They're both pretty good. The first is the standard Opera Browser. It features a partial ad block, video compression to save data, and a dashboard where you can have news and favorites stored. You can create an Opera account and sync data between this and the desktop version. Opera Mini is a smaller, more lightweight option. It comes with a Facebook notification bar, partial ad blocking, and more. Each one has its own beta version as well. Like all software, these Android browsers have their ups and downs. If the apps aren't doing great, give it a month.
Phoenix Browser does a lot of things right. The good features are there, including ad-blocking, data saving features (popular in less developed countries), a night mode, privacy mode, and more. Its biggest claims to fame are its support for 34 languages and its offline download mode. Basically, almost any video or web page is savable for offline viewing. There are some undesirable issues here and there. However, most of them are negligible. This is a fairly decent web browser, even if it's not quite as powerful as the big dogs in this space.
We feel a little dirty putting an OEM browser on a best Android browsers list. However, Samsung Internet Browser is surprisingly good. It features swipe gestures, plug-ins, a quick menu, and some Material Design elements. Some of the plug-ins even allow for ad-blocking. There are also features for things like Amazon shopping, online shopping in general, and support for 360-degree video. This is likely the browser many Samsung phone owners see before they make Chrome their default. The app is labeled as beta. However, it's more stable than some non-beta browsers even on this list. No, Samsung did not pay us to put this here.
UC Browser is one of the more powerful and popular Android browsers. However, UC Browser Mini has our heart right now. It's technically an Android Go app. However, unlike many, this one is available to most devices in most regions. It features a small install size, night mode, incognito mode, gesture control, and some additional features. It's kind of like a version of UC Browser that's scaled back in a good way. Plus, it's free with no in-app purchases. It's a good choice for those looking for a small, simple browser with a few extra perks.
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