Browsers are probably on the top of the list of basic apps that you need on your smartphone. Your internet access to the outside world depends on the type of browser you use and the security it comes with. From faster loading speeds to better readability, every browser has its own pros and cons. Some browsers are designed to keep the user’s data private whereas others are designed to make the user feel comfortable with customizations and great themes. In this post, we look at the best browsers for Android available on Play Store.
6 Best Browsers For Android 2018
1. Microsoft Edge
The Edge browser is the most recent entrant in the Play Store and was in Beta for some time. The app was still available on the Play Store for users to try it out and now the Beta has ended. It comes with a reading mode which is decent enough, not that great as it takes a while to load it. The bonus feature here is that you can continue your work on your PC. For this, you need to log in with the same account on your PC and Microsoft Edge browser on your phone. Then open up Settings on your desktop and go to Link Your Phone and pair your phone. After this is done, whenever you select the Continue on PC option, the desktop version will directly open up a browser with the same page that you were viewing on your phone.
The Android version also allows you to choose your search engine and it also has a light and a dark theme. It does save your passwords if you allow it to and has Autofill as well. It does not translate pages like Google Chrome does but is sufficient enough for normal use.
Android: Microsoft Edge
App Store: Microsoft Edge
2. Google Chrome
Google Chrome is mostly the stock browser available on your Android phone. It has many different options available in the Play Store like Chrome Beta, Chrome Dev, and Chrome Canary. Chrome Beta and Dev are used to roll out the updates before they come to the Google Chrome version. These browsers may not be perfect as the latest features are tested out on these browsers, and once stable, released for the Chrome version.
Google Chrome’s biggest plus point is its translation which translates any page in no time. It comes with a Data Saver which uses Google servers to compress pages before downloading them. This does not work for HTTPS pages or when you are in Incognito Mode. Chrome also has the Chrome://flags option where you can make several tweaks to your browser. be careful though, only do it if you enough knowledge about it. In my opinion, the Autofill that Chrome provides is much better and works great compared to the other browsers. It is definitely one of the simple to use and best browsers for Android.
As shown in the images, if you want your search bar to be at the bottom, type this in the search bar – chrome://flags, next tap on the 3 dots on the top right corner and select Find in Page and type Chrome Home. The Chrome Home option will either be Disabled or set to Default, select Enabled and relaunch the app when prompted to do so.
App Store: Chrome
3. Flynx Browser App
Flynx was surprisingly a new concept when it came out. It is a browser, but not like the majority of browsers out there. When you click on a link and select this browser to open it, a bubble pops up on the side of your screen and loads the webpage. You can later click on the bubble to view the webpage.
You can use this browser when you want to open up a link but also want to complete that important mail of yours. This browser only loads relevant content which means faster load times, also most of the ads and other useless stuff won’t show up. The settings include changing the size of the bubble and its alignment. You can close the app by dragging the bubble to the bottom of the screen. Yes, it does support multiple tabs. It is one of the best browsers for Android when it comes to lightweight.
4. Samsung Internet Browser Beta
The stock browser on Samsung phones, now available on Android as well. It has 2 versions, the Samsung Internet Browser and Samsung Internet Browser Beta. The Beta one is better in this case as it is stable enough and has extra features as well.
The home page of the browser looks very clean and organised which makes it easy to find stuff. You can choose your search engine from the settings and it quickly allows you to change the webpage text size or switch to Night mode by clicking on the three dots at the bottom left. If you were previously a Samsung user and want to sync all your bookmarks and saved pages, just open up the settings and login to your Samsung Cloud. The bonus here is that there are content blockers available on the Play Store which work with this browser.
Android: Samsung Internet Browser Beta
This browser was released by Cheetah Mobile Communication and is mainly focused on providing security to the user. From the moment you start up the browser, it feels as if you are using a heavy security app. A very simple and easy to operate layout with options like Full Screen available. The No Image option is also great when you just want to read the text on a page or are on a slow network connection. The translation works well as it uses google translate.
It also shows you the number of ads blocked and if an ad is not blocked, just tap and hold it and select the Block this ad option. Whenever there’s a video available on the website you are browsing, a pop up will appear on the top right which will allow you to download the video if you want to. You can also generate a password which the app will ask for when you try to access the bookmarks/history, downloads, videos, and images.
A simple browser with a great font(the font is just too good). Firefox has been one of Chrome’s greatest competitors for the desktop version and looking at the Android version, it seems that the competition is still on. You can save any page you visit as a PDF or print it if you want to. Yes, it does save passwords and remembers logins, however, it also allows you to set a master password to protect others from logging in. You can choose to disable images or only load them when you are on WiFi to save data. Want your bookmarks and history from the desktop version? Just Sign in and it’ll synchronize it instantly.
There’s Firefox Focus as well, focused on privacy, no other browser, in my opinion, takes security as seriously as this browser does. Only 1 tab to use, always clears the history when you close the browser. It blocks ad tracker, analytic trackers, social trackers and content trackers as well. While Chrome and Flynx have bagged their own trophies for being simple and lightweight, Firefox Focus is one of the best browsers for android when it comes to security.
Another day, another list of top apps completed. While this list included the best browsers for Android, you can also check out our other lists:
If you think I have missed out on a great browser that deserves to be in this list of best browers for Android, do let me know in the comment section below. Do like and share this post!