Web browsers are one of the most important apps on any device. Having the right features and performance while browsing the web can literally change your entire experience. Finding the right one can be difficult because there are so many options and the face of the web is changing all the time. Let’s take a look at the best Android browsers of 2016 (so far)!
Dolphin Browser: Free
Dolphin Browser has seen a lot of success on Android and it’s easy to see why. It has always been a fan favorite and it has a competent set of features to match, including theming, flash support, ad-block, incognito mode, and some tertiary features like gesture controls. There is also add-on support if you need that. A lot of people swear by Dolphin Browser and it covers all the bases in order to be considered one of the best out there.
Firefox browser has come a long way since it was first introduced on mobile. It was quickly become one of the must-have browsers and has an impressive set of features to back it up. Some of the features include desktop syncing (bookmarks, history, etc), privacy features, easy-to-use bookmarks, quick sharing, Chromecast support, and you’ll have access to some add-ons to improve the browsing experience. It’s a powerful Android web browser and it’s completely free to use. If you want to see the newest features sooner, you can also check out the beta version of Firefox.
Flynx by InfiKen Labs has come a long way since its inception and has earned itself a spot on the list. This unique browser works in a floating window as opposed to a full screen mode which allows for quick web browsing without really leaving the app that you’re using. When you click links, they open a little bubble on the side of the screen and the page will load in the background until you decide to click the bubble to read it yourself. It also comes with a few other features, such as night mode. If you’re looking for another surrogate, Link Bubble is another browser that uses this style that’s really good.
Ghostery Browser: Free
Ghostery is perhaps best known for its browser extensions for Firefox and Google Chrome. The extension allows you to block website trackers and it also lets you see what trackers are being used. Ghostery Browser puts all of this purpose into a browser so you can get the same thing on mobile. Indubitably, the browser itself is a little subdued in terms of other features but it gets the job done and has at least the basic stuff like bookmarks. It’s a great option for those who care about their privacy.
Google Chrome: Free
Of course we give the obligatory nod to the most popular browser on Android and that’s Chrome browser. Many people have this pre-installed on their devices and opt to just keep using it which is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. It features desktop syncing with Google Chrome on desktop along with the latest Material Design, unlimited browsing tabs, deeper integration with Android, and plenty of other features for both basic browsing and power users. You can even get in on the beta version and dev channel version if you want to see what’s coming up sooner on Chrome.
Mercury Browser: Free
Mercury Browser by iLegendsoft Inc started out as a popular browser on iOS before coming to Android. This browser focuses a little more on privacy and security than most and includes a passcode lock as well as private mode (incognito mode) for private browsing. It also has flash support, ad-block support, gesture controls, theming, and you can choose which search engine you want to use. It has a long list of features and provides a very strong browsing experience.
Opera Browser: Free
Opera Browser has been one of the mainstays when it comes to Android web browsers. It has been frequently updated over the years to bring all kinds of new features. Some of them include a Speed Dial where you can save your favorite sites quickly, some data saving features, and a decent interface that works well on phones as well as tablets. Their Opera Mini Browser expands on the data savings features while still providing a decent web browsing experience if you want to go that route. On top of that, you can also try out the latest features that Opera is testing by using Opera Browser beta and, of course, Opera Mini beta. All four of them are extremely capable browsers.
Puffin Browser: Free with in-app purchases
Puffin Browser by CloudMosa Inc is definitely the wild card on this list. It works well enough in most instances and the app is accompanied by some strange, very unique features. They include a virtual mouse pad, a gaming mode, and more. It also comes with some normal features like theming, an incognito mode, and some data saving features. It is one of the few browsers left that comes with full Adobe Flash support but it only gives that support for up to 12 hours per day. Otherwise, it’s quick, it’s fun, and it’s a little different.
UC Browser: Free
Last on our list is the venerable UC Browser. This is one of the most popular browsers on the Google Play Store and one of the few that targets people outside of the United States. It comes with a bunch of features, including ad-block, data compression, night mode, and gesture control. There are also some unique features, like Facebook mode which magically increases browsing speeds while on Facebook. It’s completely free to use and has also got a 4.5 rating on the Google Play Store with over seven million reviews to date. That’s impressive!