October 20, 2014

Top browsers for Android (mid-2014)

top 5 browsers (mid-2014)

Browser is quite probably an integral part of your everyday smartphone routine, no matter how you use it. Luckily for us there are plenty of browsers populating Google Play Store, many of which are great. Please note that these browsers are listed in no particular order, each of them has something different to offer and they all work just fine. As a disclaimer I’m going to say that I’ve used all of them at some point in the last couple of years and have re-installed those which I didn’t have installed recently. I’m currently using Chrome and CM Browser as my 2 main choices. So, let’s get started.

Chrome Browser

This is a somewhat obvious choice. Google’s own offering is a truly great browser. It was slow and clunky once, but that’s not the case anymore. Chrome looks really great sporting that flat design. Performance is also great and it has other benefits as well, like sync for example. If you use Chrome on all your devices (smartphones, tablets, computers) you’ll be able to cross-sync your open tabs and bookmarks. Note that this is a pretty big download and it’s not exactly heavy on memory but it’s not among the light browsers either. You can even download Chrome Beta from the Play Store and experience Material Design first hand. Performance is quite frankly on par with Chrome basically so you don’t have to worry about that.

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CM Browser

Many of you have probably never even heard of this one. Well, it’s pretty great. Download size is only 1.7MB and CM Browser runs like a champ. It’s lightweight, works extremely fast, it’s secure and the design is utterly beautiful. This browser is made by the same team that brought us Clean Master, CM Security and Battery Doctor, all of which are great apps. Don’t take my word for it though, try it out yourself, I got my hands on it a few weeks ago and have been using it next to Chrome ever since.

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Firefox Browser

Firefox for Android keeps on getting better and better. The performance is quite good, it works fast and is reliable. Cross-sync with your other Firefox browsers is also a part of the package. Note that this is also a rather big download (approximately 30MB), just like Chrome browser and it is not exactly light on memory (if that’s your concern), in our experience on par or somewhat heavier than Chrome, that shouldn’t bother you if you have a relatively solid Android device though. You also have lots of add-ons at your disposal as well as a slew of other options. It’s a great browser overall, just like the desktop version of it.

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Dolphin Browser

Dolphin is yet another great browser for Android. It is lighter than both Chrome and Firefox and it really does offer great functionality. You have a “Gesture” feature at your disposal if you want to get the fastest access to some of your favorite webpages. “Sonar” voice service is also hear if that’s your thing. There are many more options you can find inside this app for you to try out, this browser also has cross-platform sync included. Dolphin looks and works great and would definitely recommend it. If you want something lighter overall and a bit lighter on the features however, try out Dolphin Browser Mini.

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Boat Browser

I’ve stumbled upon this browser a long time ago. It worked great back then on my old Galaxy 5 if I remember correctly (I might be mistaken though, don’t exactly remember the device I was using at that time) and it works great now. Boat is fast, reliable and it also offers some great functionality. It would take a long time to list everything, but I’ll mention some of the features. You can customize Boat’s action bar at the bottom any way you want and add stuff you use the most, such as bookmarks, share perhaps, back, tab preview, new tab shortcut… there are really many option to choose from, you can set it to any way you want. Inside of the browser you also have a feature called “Floating Tab” which lets you open up a webpage but minimized and move that window wherever you want, which can significantly improve productivity. Boat is not  the lightest browser out there but it’s far from being the heaviest as well. It will offer you great performance if you give it a try. This browser also has a mini version, if you want to try it out click here.

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Other browsers you might like: Atlas Browser, Javelin Browser, UC Browser, Opera Browser and Maxton Browser. These are also great choices. Which browser(s) do you use/prefer?