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

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 2 weeks ago

Browsing the internet is great. You can research the complete history of Sir Francis Drake, discover the amazing wildlife found in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, 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. 

Update: We've added a fresh face to our list. APUS Browser was released only recently and it's had us hooked since we got our hands on it. This has edged out Javelin Incognito Browser which hasn't been updated for a while and isn't playing nice with Android Lollipop. 

1. APUS Browser - for the small package

APUS is known best for its launcher, but now it's entered the web browsing fray with a lightweight mobile browser htat has a simple, minimal aesthetic. At just 0.6 MB in size, APUS Browser is definitely "slim", but it also houses some additional features which might surprise you.

One such feature which is enabled on APUS Browser by default is that, when you copy text on your phone, the browser will prompt you to search for it online. It's a nice touch and means when your friends ask "did you see that picture of the raccoon riding on the alligator?" You're one step closer to finding it.

APUS Browser also allows you to disable images which show up in searches to save on your data. As a free browser, it's definitely worth a shot - especially if you're not running the newest, most powerful hardware.

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APUS Browser is lightweight and fast: what more could you want? / © ANDROIDPIT
A5 Browser-Small,Easy,Fast Install on Google Play

2. Chrome Beta - to stay ahead of the curve

Hang on - I'm not just talking about boring old regular Chrome. This is the better version of Chrome. Make that the Beta version.

Stay ahead of the pack with the latest and greatest Chrome updates before they arrive 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 those good ones. 

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

3. Link Bubble Browser - for time-saving

Link Bubble Browser is a little bit cheeky - as a browser, it doesn't offer a dedicated search function. But we think it's the browser of the future. 

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 and useful.

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

4. 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

5. 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.

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

What's your favorite Android browser? 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 dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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  • Advocate 1 week ago Link to comment

    BEWARE OF APUS!!! I thought it was really nice and good - until I looked at a log of what my phone was doing after installing this app. First - you should know - APUS is made by a CHINESE SOFTWARE COMPANY in Beijing!
    My log shows after install a constant attempt to talk with various websites, including Fabric's Crashlytics, as well as constant attempts to download ads. Several new processes constantly running on the phone - one from Fabric, and others all designed around advertising including with a unique identifier for you,
    I think this is a very dangerous app, the disclosure of what they're doing is highly deceptive and I suggest taking this app off the phone and off this website!

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  • mayyu 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    uc is missing in this list..its best

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  • Chad_Higgins 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I like maxthon and cheetah browser. But Yahoo is still #1 for me

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  • Oliver 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I use Opera or Next browser...

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  • vanitharaj 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Your post was totally different and newest info compare to others. Thanks for posting latest browser info

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  • Rogue Tomato 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Another recycled article. You guys could go months without writing anything new.

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    • Scott Adam Gordon
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      2 weeks ago Link to comment

      I disagree that this is "recycled", but I've added a paragraph in the text to make what has changed a little clearer.

      We had an app in there which we no longer consider to be one of the best browsers for Android. We've updated the article to include an app which we do think is one of the best browsers for Android.

      It's a topic that a lot of readers are interested in and I want to ensure that it remains up-to-date. I appreciate your comment all the same and it's good to get feedback on this kind of stuff.

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  • Justin Time 4 months ago Link to comment

    Blah...blah...blah.

    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.

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  • Edgar Chimal 5 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.

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  • Asad Ali 5 months ago Link to comment

    I use Chrome, Flynx & Firefox

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  • Janusz 5 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.

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  • Madars 5 months ago Link to comment

    Opera is the best browser for all OS

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  • Gagan Singh 5 months ago Link to comment

    in my opinion UC Browser and Opera Browser.

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  • Amer D. 5 months ago Link to comment

    Firefox is the best one

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  • Anisha 5 months ago Link to comment

    Chrome Beta for me! :D

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  • red 5 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.

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  • Robin Scully 5 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.

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  • Darnel Sky 5 months ago Link to comment

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

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  • Pam O. 5 months ago Link to comment

    Chrome Beta all the way!

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  • Angus P. 5 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..!

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