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Old 22. Feb 2012, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best Free Browsers for Android

Which are the best free browsers for Android?

The one which comes pre-installed on my phone does not have tabs, so I would definitely need one.

I have seen that Dolphin Browser HD is hugely popular, and it has loads of good features too... and I would have gone for it, but I recently read somewhere, that Dolphin Browser had some privacy issues. It was sending the unique ID, and other information to their servers, and it had this issue earlier too. I don't remember where I read it... I will try to find and share here... but after that, I am not too keen on going for Dolphin anymore.

A new Android editor on our team recommended Opera Mini, and Boat Browser. I also came to know that there are two version of Opera, and some other browsers. Opera Mini, and Opera Full. What's the difference?

So, which are the good free browsers for Android out there? Lets see some opinions .
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Old 22. Feb 2012, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Many mobile browsers now come with tabs, give Maxthon Mobile a try and see if you like it.

Opera Mini is known for speed, I like to use it on devices with a smaller screen. Opera Mobile is ideal for fast network connection.
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Old 22. Feb 2012, 01:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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opera mini uses opera's servers to optimize the site to reduce the data you have to download

opera full does the same but on your phone so it uses your phone's processor instead but gives you more control

I also like puffin browser too mainly because it seems to run flash fine for me :S

I switch between opera mini for speed/puffin for flash
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Old 22. Feb 2012, 04:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions guys ... much appreciated.

How is Skyfire browser? That is also quite popular I think.

Well, here is the news about privacy concerns with Dolphin Browser :

http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/10...in-plain-text/

http://androidcommunity.com/possible...ound-20111027/

Although this news is from Oct 2011 last year, and it seems they fixed the issue in the later releases, but still, there was an issue, and I personally won't feel comfortable with such a browser, which had some serious privacy issues earlier.
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Old 23. Feb 2012, 02:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The default browser is actually awesome - i always used to use other browsers but have just now found that the default browser is also actually awesome
as for privacy issues with dolphin - u r using a google phone and concerned over privacy issues with dolphin ? seriously ?
opera mini should be used if u have crappy net connection
opera mobile hasnt been updated in a long time
there are better alternatives out there - dolphin is highly recommended
there is maxthon and ninesky
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Old 23. Feb 2012, 03:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default browser might be OK, but its biggest drawback is that it does support tabs, and that is why I think people look for alternatives.

Thanks for the suggestions.

About Dolphin, well, having opted for Android, which is made by Google, you cannot do anything, except keep a watch on things. But, with other apps, its in your hands what you want to install.
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Old 23. Feb 2012, 05:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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dolphin is recommended because it also has a lot of addons

About the dolphin privacy issues it may well be that since dolphin is so popular this news came out , it might be possible that even other browsers do this but its not been found yet

either way there are many alternatives , if u r not comfy with dolphin try others
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Yea maybe, but I think if there was such problem with other popular browsers too, someone would have found out, they always do.
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Old 23. Feb 2012, 09:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use Dolphin Browser HD because I use the Xmarks addon to keep my Firefox Bookmarks in sync with it. You could also use Firefox as it has it's own sync mechanism. I use Xmarks because it supports so many browsers on different platforms and I tend to move around a lot between Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. But to get the Android functionality I did pay a yearly fee for Xmarks but for me this is best.

If keeping in sync is not an issue I like Opera, xScope, Skyfire, Opera Mini & Maxthon. All the mentioned browsers have strengths and weaknesses. The key is to test them out and find the one that fits the way you think and work. Once you find the one you like you will know it.

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Yea maybe, but I think if there was such problem with other popular browsers too, someone would have found out, they always do.
The problem is often times we don't find out about the problems until years later. Think about Symantec PC Anywhere where the source code had been stolen many years ago and only came to light this year. Sure in open source it is easier but many products are still closed source and as such they don't openly disclose issues. With the internet it is harder to hide issues like this but not impossible as we have seen.

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