We spend a lot of time on our android phones, more so during the lockdown. And a significant amount of that time is spent on web browsers. Whether it be opening our favorite social media website or checking our a new article, web browsers form a major part of our workflow. And so it becomes very very important that we use a good web browser. But with so many choices available on the Google Play store, which is the best browser? Well, we are here to help you out solve this. Here are the best web browsers for Android in 2020 –
We’ve written extensively about Brave browser before, and for good reason. Brave is the best web browser that you can use on your Android device. The browser is based on Chromium and hence has a very small learning curve for anyone used to Chrome. But the killer feature that it offers over Chrome is the inbuilt ad-blocking in Brave. It blocks a significant amount of ads on websites, and that too without even lifting a finger. All this results in not significant savings on battery life and data and more importantly, in a lot less annoyance while browsing the web. We can’t recommend Brave enough.
Google Chrome is the default browser that is preinstalled on Android devices. And most people don’t even bother installing another one because Chrome is that good. Chrome is simple, fast and easy. Also, since Chrome is the dominant browser on the internet (around 70% market share), most websites play well with Chrome. Yes, there is no ad-blocking. But if you don’t care about that, Chrome is the simplest way to access the internet.
Firefox has been Chrome’s eternal nemesis since long. The Firefox browser has been created by the Mozilla Foundation, the proponents of Open Source. Firefox has often been cited as the sole roadblock to Google’s complete domination over the internet. And that the Firefox browser is just brilliant aids the cause quite a bit. With Firefox, you get a fully feature-packed Android browser with a very strong development supports and updates. You can also install custom extensions to block ads. If you don’t like Google, Firefox is a no-brainer.
Samsung, for all the flak that they get, is actually pretty good at what they do. Samsung Internet is another shining example of that. The browser was initially developed for Samsung devices. But it is now available for all Android devices. And it is a great Android browser at that. Samsung Internet Browser offers a vast range of features including a great download manager, a bottom navigation bar, a great dark mode and a very clean interface. The browser is also very stable and performant. A good web browser from Samsung.
Opera Browser is another old horse with plenty of horsepower. The Opera Browser on Android comes with features like ad-blocking, in built Data Saver, in built VPN and Speed Dials. Opera was the choice of browser when we had feature phones with 2G networks. As a result, Opera has been used to working with limited internet resources. This makes Opera the ideal internet browser when your internet connection is laggy. It loads the websites quickly and efficiently. A safe choice this.
Bonus: Firefox Focus
Let us make it clear right at the outset, Firefox Focus is not a fully-featured web browser. Then why do we have it listed here? Well because it is very good at just one thing, and we believe that it warrants a mention here solely due to it. Do you ever do just a quick Google search on something that may be unrelated to your general workflow? We do, and many a time during the day at that. It is here that Firefox Focus shines. Every session in the browser opens by default in incognito mode. On top of that, as soon as you close the browser, all of your browsing history is cleared. Not to mention that it blocks all ads and trackers on the web. This all results in all your searches loading a split second faster. We highly recommend Firefox Focus on your Android device.