This post was originally published in 2015, and since then not much has changed when it comes to the fastest browsers for Android phones. Despite improvements in bandwidth and internet accessibility, speed is still a key concern and several changes have been much, as Accelerated Mobile Pages, to improve the mobile browsing experience.
Now in 2019, we are updating this post to reflect the latest, and fastest Android browsers app you can download, because let’s face it, the web browser is the most used app on your phone. While Google Chrome browser has continued to be among the best, our list includes other third-party browser apps which focus on speed and have add-ons for extra functionality.
#1. Google Chrome
Google Chrome gets top billing because regardless of the fact that it is now 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 with its 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 phones.
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 for download, and if you want you can also adjust your display for improved reading. All this and the fact that it supports flash video playback makes 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, but 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 Firefox browser for Android is 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 was a little dated, but Opera recently released a new, revamped version of Opera Mini and it’s quite awesome.
#8. Puffin Web Browser
Puffin browser is literally made for speed. Using cloud features, the app balances resource-intensiveness and performance very well. Whenever you visit a page which taxes your phone, the workload is shifted to cloud servers and you get speedy renders. Moreover, all network traffic passing via Puffin browser is encrypted and built-in compression saves you precious mobile bandwidth.
#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.
#10. Phoenix Browser
Phoenix browser is fast, but the main feature here is its video detecting ability, which allows you to download videos from webpages, in HD formats, for later viewing. This works really well if you have public wifi access and want to save bandwidth by downloading videos you want to watch later.
Other than that, the browser is light weight, fairly fast and has other features such as private browsing and more.
That’s all for now folks – our list of the best Android browsers in 2019 has 10 recommendations you can download for free from the Play Store. If you have any suggestions, please share them and your experiences with android browsers via the comments below.