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Android Browsers: The Best of 2012 So Far

Tuesday, April 3rd 2012. | Review

A lot of Android browser exists on your Smartphone, each has its own unique capabilities which offers you some great experience while the others providing the power of simplicity to help you get the job done. So which are the best Android browsers of the year so far? Below are the comparisons of those browsers!


Google Chrome Beta

Most people know that Chrome is surely one of the best web browser exist currently. Furthermore it became the world’s most used browser, in the last few months Google released and updated the beta version of the browser for devices running on Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. The android version of Chrome is one of the smoothest browsers with a great speed and simplicity. However, this browser Chrome doesn’t have Flash integration and hence regardless of the fact that your device is Flash enabled or not, nothing will adapt to Chrome. Some sites often send a link to a mobile version of a website sometimes, but Chrome lacks in a toggle to request desktop sites. Despite on that, Chrome has the reputation of its simplicity and minimalistic appearance that makes this browser unproblematic tab management compared to its desktop compatriot.

Firefox

Firefox is catching up with the other browsers in the market, although the desktop version is pretty cool to work with, the Android version still needs some work to do. In rare case it can be slow at times to render the pages which make everyone inpatient, this browser actually does provide a synchronized integration and keeps the history and tabs available on all the devices. It also provides a unique method of hiding and showing the active tabs. You can reveal them by dragging them from the left hand side of the screen, and you can also continue browsing as normal. Later, by either tapping the ‘X’ or pulling your finger to the right hides them again. This is pretty innovative on its part.

Boat Browser

This browser maximizes the usage of your device’s screen by placing the toolbar top of your web pages at the bottom of the screen. It may not be the fastest of all the browsers but it’s fairly comfortable to get along with. You can add hundreds of bookmarks to the landing screen and can also toggle your device’s appearance to websites from the settings. However, websites you visit will respond slightly differently depending on how they recognize the device. Nonetheless, a major down-point of the browser is that it too doesn’t support Flash.

Opera

Opera support Flash, although some people might say that it’s a massive browser, Opera is very popular among mobile users. It has two kinds of browsers; Opera Mobile Browser, which aimed at higher-end devices and Opera Mini, which has lower specifications devices. You can enjoy both and surely a win-win for the users as you can enjoy the browsers anyway.  Opera has also introduced the Opera Turbo that provides quicker and a less data-intensive browsing. Here the browser uses external servers and routing just to compress data before it’s sent to your device. However, it can be slow at times but that depends from device to device.


Dolphin HD

This is a smooth browser which adds fluidity to browsing and uses hand gestures to manipulate windows. Scrolling is also pretty fast as well as the time taken to render pages. The Dolphin also provides a unique tab style and management that is thin and simple and somewhat resembles Chrome. The Dolphin also provides a full-screen mode, a screen-cut/capture mode and a web-to-PDF tool. However, remember that these have to be downloaded through links in the application. Otherwise, Dolphin has plenty of other plugins which can be downloaded via Play Store.

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