Even though most people buy Android phones & tablets thinking they’re going to use productivity apps, play games and watch movies or TV shows, the truth is that the web browser is the most used Android app, and given how everything we need is on the web, that should come as no surprise.
We are often asked about the fastest Android browsers available, so today we’re going to look at the top 10 browser apps which are fast and have great features. While Chrome is the default browser and tops our list, we’ve also included several 3rd party browser apps which have several useful add-ons and other unique features worth a try even as we move into 2017.
#1. Google Chrome
We’re starting with Google Chrome because frankly, regardless of the fact that it is Android’s default web browser, it is fast and gets the job done. If you’re using Chrome on your PCs, you can sync it with your mobile devices and your bookmarks and passwords will be accessible all across. I personally have gotten used to Chrome’s interface and most other browsers seem sluggish in comparison.
#2. CM Browser
It’s fast, small and secure – the essentials of any great browser app. CM Browser is developed by the team behind CM Security app and it delivers on several accounts, starting wit hits under 2 MB file size. Not only is it memory friendly, it also has a clean cut interface and gives a fast browsing experience on Android devices.
For those who are concerned about security and privacy, CM Browser also gives in-app warnings about downloads and suspected websites along with options to prevent tracking and browsing the web incognito.
Overall, CM Browser for Android gets a strong recommendation from our end.
#3. Maxthon Browser – Fast
Maxthon is one of the fastest Android browsers I have used and it has a great set of features to compliment that. You can get set up your favorite sites for quick access and also use gesture controls to navigate the web. Maxthon has also integrated cloud services into the app, allowing users to send and receive texts, share images and links along with syncing their devices for a seamless web browsing experience.
There are several different add-ons available to download as well, and if you want you can also adjust your display for improved reading. All this and the fact that it supports flash video playback make Maxthon another solid recommendation.
#4. UC Browser
Since we’re discussing speed, we can’t miss out UC Browser, which is also quite zippy thanks to its preloading feature. Not only does it deliver a fast web browsing experience, it also manages downloads well and you can customize it with themes. The very useful “night mode” feature is also available (though it can sometimes break web pages) along with incognito mode support. Another great Android web browser overall.
#5. Firefox Browser for Android
Though I personally feel its a tad slower than other browsers on the list, it is still a solid offering by Mozilla and has a good variety of add-ons you can download, including ones that will allow you to manage passwords, create gestures for browsing and block ads. Offline reading feature is also available on Firefox, and even though it is not as flexible as its PC counterpart, it is still a good bet for your Android devices.
#6. Opera Mini Web Browser (New)
Opera needs no introduction and if you’ve been using smartphones since the Symbian era, you’re probably familiar with it. Opera’s smaller sibling, Opera Mini has been a savior for people with limited internal memory and internet bandwidth – the installation is tiny and the app uses compression to deliver web pages faster. The interface
does appear was a little dated, but Opera recently released a new, revamped version of Opera Mini and it’s quite awesome.
#7. Next Browser for Android
From the makers of the successful Go Launcher, Next Browser is another great Android app. It has a clean, attractive interface and is quite smooth in terms of browsing experience and speed. The voice recognition feature works well and there small optimizations such as low memory consumption, which further aid performance. Offline reading is also available via Next View and the browser is a good choice overall.
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#8. Dolphin Browser for Android
Dolphin browser first gained popularity with its advanced gesture control features and has evolved ever since to become one of the most popular browsers on Android. However, personally, I feel it isn’t as fast as other options on this list, even though it has a great set of features which merit a try.
Voice recognition is available, along with a good variety of add-ons and themes. Web apps like Facebook and Wikipedia can also be downloaded, and you can share data between your Android device and PCs using Dolphin browser’s extensions.
#9. Hover Browser
Even though Hover Browser for Android is reasonably fast, its utility lies in its ability to “hover” or float above other windows. This means you can essentially open multiple browser windows on your Android phone or tablet, much like you can on PCs. You can also quickly toggle these windows and open up different web pages side by side for comparison. While the hover, or floating ability is pretty neat, it works best for phones with large (5 inches and over) displays and tablets.
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#10. Boat Browser
Boat Browser is a great app with a host of features, including great customization (themes), tools and add-ons along with floating tabs or multi-windows much like the Hover Browser app listed above. However, browsing itself isn’t as fast as other apps here, and Boat Browser does tend to crash more than you’d like. Still, if you want a fair, free web browser with a good choice of features, you can give this a go.
What’s your favorite Android web browser app? Comment below and let us know.