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Best Android browsers: 5 of the best for surfing the net

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 4 months ago

Browsing the internet is great. You can research the complete history of Napoleon Bonaparte, discover the amazing wildlife found in the Amazon rainforest, or do something with a bit more value, like watch videos of cats doing backflips. Here are the best Android browsers you can get, whatever you want to use them for. 

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These are the best web browsers on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Chrome Beta - to stay ahead of the curve

I'll start you off with a little bit of a curve ball. No I ain't just talking about boring old Chrome, this is Chrome Beta! Stay ahead of the pack with the latest and greatest Chrome updates straight to your device before they arrive yeaaaars later to your mates who are still rocking Chrome standard (losers). Not only do you get to make use of new features first, but you can also give feedback to Google to support the continued development of it! Democracy, communism, socialism, it's got to be one of them. This is why we chose Chrome in our list of best Android browsers.

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Chrome Browser Beta looks just like the regular Chrome browser. / © ANDROIDPIT
Chrome Beta Install on Google Play

Link Bubble Browser - for time-saving

Link Bubble Browser is a little bit cheeky as a browser because it doesn't offer a dedicated search function, but we wanted to include it anyway. Developed by Chris Lacy, the brains behind Action Launcher 3 and the fantastic TapPath Browser Helper, Link Bubble is known mainly for one key feature: when you click on a link in an app, Link Bubble Browser will load the webpage in the background, and will let you know once it has fully loaded. This allows you to carry on what you are doing and not waste time hanging around for webpages to open in front of you. Clever.  

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Link Bubble Browser is redefining the way you browse the internet. / © ANDROIDPIT
Link Bubble Browser Install on Google Play

Puffin Browser Free - for the trackpad experience

Puffin Browser free is an interesting choice. Not only is it highly customizable, with backgrounds and other add-on functions, but it also has the ability to emulate a mouse cursor and a trackpad - ideal for those who miss the laptop experience on mobile! It also works by transferring material to its "cloud servers" before delivering it to your handset, which theoretically helps with loading bigger website files on devices with smaller bandwidth (i.e. smartphones). It does feature some annoying ad banners across the bottom of the screen, though.

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Puffin Browser is notable for being able to emulate a cursor and trackpad. / © ANDROIDPIT
Puffin Web Browser Free Install on Google Play

Javelin Incognito Browser - for security and privacy

One of the leading browsers when it comes to safe surfing is the Javelin Incognito Browser. A fancy design and a near-perfect user interface combined with security and privacy makes this app one of our go-to browsers when it comes to keeping private on the net. Not only does it do everything your normal browser could do, but it also offers a VPN (proxy) service (though you will be charged $1.99 a month for this). 

We like the way things are laid out in this browser: thanks to sidebars on both the left and right hand side, you have quick access to all the operating modes of the apps, the settings, and bookmarks bar. Even the optional ad-block function brings a lot to the table. 

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Javelin has a nice design and an interface which is easy to use. / © ANDROIDPIT
Javelin Incognito Browser Install on Google Play

Dolphin Browser - for great user-experience and Flash Player

Dolphin Browser is a favorite among the Android community. It's functional, it looks great, it's feature-packed and comes with some great gesture controls too. It's also very handy when it comes to transferring preferences between devices and sharing content. But possibly the best part of the Dolphin Browser experience is that it still supports good-old Flash Player, meaning you don't have to suffer because older websites can't keep up with current technology. 

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Dolphin Browser is easily one of the most popular on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
Dolphin Browser for Android Install on Google Play

Which browser do you use? Do you use a safe and private browser? Or do you just care about speed?

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A lifelong Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • Justin Time 3 months ago Link to comment


    I use NakedBrowserPro, because dont care the ui, and this little browser is the best. (in my opinion)
    And AdAway for sure.
    And orbot of course.
    And smart launcher pro too.
    Light and effective combo.

  • Edgar Chimal 4 months ago Link to comment

    As a hardcore Firefox fan, I must say that FF crashes in my phone. I use UC browser because the integrated ad blocker is really great.

  • Asad Ali 4 months ago Link to comment

    I use Chrome, Flynx & Firefox

  • Janusz 4 months ago Link to comment

    I use Opera or default Android browser. Firefox and Chrome need more computating power. For security I use McAfee or AVG that integrate themselves with browsers. Simpler browsers are insufficient as for their interface or skills.

  • Madars 4 months ago Link to comment

    Opera is the best browser for all OS

  • Gagan Singh 4 months ago Link to comment

    in my opinion UC Browser and Opera Browser.

  • Amer D. 4 months ago Link to comment

    Firefox is the best one

  • Anisha 4 months ago Link to comment

    Chrome Beta for me! :D

  • red 4 months ago Link to comment

    for incognito browsing it's CB (Cheetah Browser) It's a light footprint and loads quick too. And other is Opera. pair any browser with Duck Duck Go search engine and I get secure searches too.

  • Robin Scully 4 months ago Link to comment

    There are a number of good web browsers that are available for Android. There are many options available and some of them may be perfect for syncing with the desktop while others could be useful for browsing at a super speed.

  • Darnel Sky 4 months ago Link to comment

    There's this new app out called clickchat its out in Google play right now checn it out

  • Pam O. 4 months ago Link to comment

    Chrome Beta all the way!

  • Angus P. 4 months ago Link to comment

    i use Next Browser built by the devs of Go Launcher..i have not looked back, it is just superb..!

  • Eric Aiyidu 4 months ago Link to comment

    Firefox is the winner here!

  • Jefferson Avilar 4 months ago Link to comment

    Firefox is the best

  • glen lebarr 4 months ago Link to comment

    CM Browser is by far the best I've tried...Opera Mini is 2nd

  • Paul Waller 9 months ago Link to comment

    Firefox for me.

  • Chad_Higgins 9 months ago Link to comment

    I had Maxthon Browser on my phone when I got it and it seems worth keeping, it works for me! and I just discovered Apus Launcher which is nice too! Give them a try.

  • CJ Brown 9 months ago Link to comment

    Yeah Google Chrome needs to work out its issues with Adobe (no support for Flash Player is bull sh@t) I give it 4 Stars ....

    I sure miss Flock Browser !

  • Edward Netherton 9 months ago Link to comment

    There are a number of good web browsers that are available for Android. You can choose among the options according the features in need.

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