10 best Android browsers of 2016

by: Joe HindyJune 4, 2016
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Ghostery Browser best Android browsers
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 best Android web browsersDolphin Browser

[Price: 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.

Get it now on Google Play!


Firefox best android browsersFirefox

[Price: Free]
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.
Check out more apps by Mozilla!

Get it now on Google Play!


Flynx best Android web browsersFlynx

[Price: Free]
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 an alternative, Link Bubble is another browser that uses this style that’s really good.
Check out more InfiKen Labs apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


ghostery privacy browser best android browsersGhostery Browser

[Price: Free]
Ghostery is probably 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 functionality into a browser so you can get the same thing on mobile. Admittedly, the browser itself is a little barebones 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.

Get it now on Google Play!


Google Chrome best Android web browsersGoogle Chrome

[Price: 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.
Check out more of Google’s apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!

Google Chrome best Android web browsers


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Mercury Browser best Android browsersMercury Browser

[Price: 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.
Check out more apps by iLegendsoft Inc!

Get it now on Google Play!


Naked browser best android browsersNaked Browser

[Price: Free / $3.89]
Naked Browser by Feverish Development may look simple but it’s no joke. It foregoes most features that you’ll find in these others in favor of pure speed. Of course, there are some sacrifices that need to be made and the developers make as many sacrifices as possible with an admirable lack of repentance. The sites will load quickly and the UI is functional, but if you want something beautiful then you’ll have to look elsewhere. This is a great browser for those who don’t need (or want) a lot of features and for those who are rocking older devices.

Get it now on Google Play!

Naked Browser best Android browsers


Opera Browser best Android browsersOpera Browser

[Price: 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.
Check out more of Opera’s apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


puffin best Android browsersPuffin Browser

[Price: 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 definitely something interesting and different.
Check out more apps by CloudMosa Inc!

Get it now on Google Play!

puffin best Android browsers


uc browser best Android browsersUC Browser

[Price: 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 which is surprisingly refreshing. 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 rocks a 4.5 rating on the Google Play Store with over seven million reviews to date. That’s impressive!
Check out more apps from UCWeb Inc!

Get it now on Google Play!


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  • Shark Bait

    Gunna say chrome is the best! i like syncing to desktop

    • dodz

      yep, synced all to my mail, youtube, gmail and hangouts and dropbox, couldnt imagine life without chrome

    • Toss3

      Chome is just so imcredibly slow compared to the stock Samsung browser.

      • McLaren F1P1

        You just replied to a 2 years old comment! Lol! Was about to do the same Lol!!

        • Awesome Bryner

          I will just reply to yours to keep it going. Who cares?

          • McLaren F1P1

            Lmao

          • ahmed kabbary

            FUCK YEAH! ALSO FIREFOX IS BETTER!!!!! FOXYEAH!!!

          • xXx_jax_xXx the mlg noscoper g

            @mclarenf1p1:disqus it sucks dick

  • Naked browser is by far the best. Too bad Google screwed up the new webview with kitkat so browser gets badly handicapped compared to jellybean and below

  • jessem1323

    AOSP with Chrome sync for me

    • Toss3

      AOSP definitely has difficulties with larger pages (reloads) and isn’t as fast as Chrome.

  • piazzo

    dolphin is the best

  • Pan Szym
  • icyrock1

    Mercury browser is my favorite by far. Opera is a close second.

  • RB Shah

    naked browser – using since 1 year.. great

  • Scott Niemczyk

    I’m using next browser and really like it. Which of the other browsers has flash player support? Wouldn’t mind trying a couple different ones.

    • Thank you, just now I have the Next Browser. I’ve been looking for this type of browser for weeks. Since I had my Note3, I have no more access to my favorite web radio and tv programs. Now I’m back to usual with this browser’s flash player support.

    • o0o.paw

      Next browser rarely gets mentioned. I’m currently having issues with FC’s (likely due to me debloating my rom too much) but even with these I still prefer it to any other browser. When you select desktop mode it stays on desktop mode. Most other browsers will still be redirected to the mobile websites. The bookmark management is great too (though mine no longer syncs)…

  • AbbyZFresh

    They all have one thing in common. Better than Safari.

    • Toss3

      Safari is very fast and smooth. Lacks a couple of features that we have on android, but I would still rank it as one of the best browsers available on mobiles right now. IE for WP is also great.

      • nishantsirohi123

        IE for WP does not have a forward button , and it is impossible to play embedded videos in BLIP

      • Steve Brain

        Of course it’s fast and smooth when it has no functionality what so ever.. The problem is most other well known mobile browsers are equally as fast and smooth and have far more functionality.

      • Noah Williams

        Same with Edge. I count that because Windows 10 is universal code.

    • Martin Chan

      Well, duh, it doesn’t exist on Android.

    • Joe Alexander C Astillo

      the Best browsers do not have US policies privacy that collects all your information and pictures. i have tried many and the best on Pc and iOS is Yandex i swear i never seen a browser too fast plus it protects your privacy something than any other browser can do. another thing to add. is that it will never need a flash player update it has its own. flash player and that flash player never crashes.
      Try it i swear you wont regret.

    • Not to mention that most of them are based on the chromium engine, Google’s version of webkit which is based on WebKit engine which was developed and open sourced by Apple and first appeared in… Yep, Safari. Of course WebKit was created using the open source KDE engine from the Konqueror browser. So basically they are all the same code base.

    • Mike K

      Troll much, Abby?

      OK, I’ll bite. Safari is a pretty good browser. It’s fast, and even on older iPhone hardware (like the 5s), it doesn’t *lag* while scrolling – something that (much as I love my various droid phones) I wish I could say about the majority of Android browsers when rendering complex pages. Safari also has very nice built-in content filtering capabilities which makes it easy to drop in a variety of ad-blocking modules, if that’s your thing.

  • Data

    Dolphin Browser is the best IMO. It’s fast, packed with add ons, and I really like the new folders for Speed dial feature!

  • Rajkumar

    UC browser is the best

    • Pranav

      especially for indians.

  • Pawel Danielewicz

    Puffin and UC Browser are good + Easy/Harley browsers, Maxthon is boderline. The rest is what I have flushed, either choke my phone down to reboot or simply die on complicated pages.

  • Paulo Costa

    Does any of these has Kitkat’s immersive mode yet?

  • Jalok Xlem

    Chrome will be my favorite browser, if it supports add-ons like Firefox. The Adblock and self-destruct cookies add-on, are especially important. I don’t think any android browser has this.
    Psh yeah! Some of these browsers does support “add-ons,” but they are so limited compared to Firefox! >:L

  • Just looking…

    I have used chrome, dolphin, Firefox, and opera. I like dolphin the best. Swipe left side of the screen and it brings up bookmarks. Swipe left and it bring up roboform which I use for my passwords. It sync with tablets.

  • Janee

    But which of those browsers support text reflow on a tablet? The stock Android browser allows for that, but what about for Nexus users?

  • Earth Republic

    I used Dolphin on my Nook Tablet, but since I got a Nook2Android card for it, I’ve used Chrome. After running it through Peacekeeper, Chrome was just slightly faster than the Android Browser, which was just barely faster than Dolphin. I do miss some of Dolphin’s features, such as the ease of bookmark access, but the better sync with Chrome between desktop and tablet makes it the go-to for me. I keep Dolphin around as a backup, though.

  • Wave000

    Habit Browser is the best.Trust me I tried them all!!! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.ddo.pigsty.HabitBrowser

  • TDN

    I have used Skyfire (not on the list) Boat, Opera, Dolphin, Firefox, Maxthon, Chrome and of course the Android browser. I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide which I liked better out of Maxthon and Dolphin, eventually ending up with Dolphin as my main and Skyfire and Maxthon as my back ups. Then Chrome got updated and began to sync with everything and it is my only browser now.

  • Cecil

    Chrome is a laggy mess on N7 2012 but it has the best desktop sync. Opera for me. Opera just needs a decent link solution.

  • akash

    Chrome best browser

  • Toss3

    Would be absolutely great if you guys could review and rank these browsers based on Smoothness/Speed (would prefer smoothness to speed).

  • Groud Frank

    As someone who is heavily immersed into the Google ecosystem, it should not come as a shock if I state which browser I prefer to use. The synching with my desktop is my number one priority. It’s only natural that I’ll go with Google Chrome.

  • APai

    wow, that’s called choice! I haven’t tried em’ all, but many of them are excellent. i like how there’s a mini ecosystem around many of them like – FF/ opera/ chrome/ dolphin etc.

  • Albin

    This is the kind of article that would benefit from a feature comparison table. On my older, storage-challenged phone I found Dolphin great for both installing and caching to microSD, but it handles Flash poorly. I installed Opera Classic for that.

  • Hugrr

    Chrome is by far the best on my Nexus 7, however I do use Puffin if I want to watch live Football streams.

  • kebne

    Startpage private search app ? Think you missed something joe.
    Duckduckgo ,xscopepro

  • With my S3, I used to visit this site for AM Radio audiostreaming. http://dzmm.abs-cbnnews.com/page/audiostreaming.html .
    After I switched to my new Note3, I no longer been able to listen to this station. I have tried installing many web browser apps but failed.
    Then I tried ‘FlashFox – Flash Browser’ now I’m back to usual listening to this radio station in my Note3.

  • rasen

    Which one (except Dolphin) fully supports LastPass add-on?

  • Phil Rewa

    Google Bookmark Sync makes it the best…end of story. Otherwise if Firefox could sync with the folders intact, I might go over there for the add ons.

  • mbrus

    Lightning+ browser

  • Bairo

    I keep coming back to dolphin after using it as the only choice for last pass integration. But have tried Puffin and was astounded by the speed and smoothness. It smokes my desktop using Chrome even. So my point is; this is not a very complete article at all….. I can’t believe they did not talk about things like Puffin’s speed due to server side actions or last pass support on Dolphin!

  • About Opera, you say “There are themes and add-ons”. There are, but not in the Android version!

    Oh no, another writer who don’t have a clue about what features Opera has and hasn’t…

  • The default browser provided as in-built in smartphone is only common. To use simple and suitable browser with special features in mobile we’ve to install ‘Opera’. Whatever may be the OS being used, we can install Opera freely.

  • Share King

    I have tried almost all of these browser on my android phone but it was UC Browser and Opera Mini i liked the most. Firefox and Chrome both are slow on android platform with sluggish interface. So its UC browser for me the best android browser right now.

    http://careerspy.net

  • PasserBy

    My favourite would be dolphin as it allows:
    Unlimited tabs
    I can get rid of the Overview (Which I find cumbersome)
    Easy Swipe access to favourites
    It’s fast and rarely crashes
    It works without glitches for hyperlinks (Unlike chrome which just opens some hyperlink w/o the open in new tab option when long-pressed)
    My only grouch is that there is no find in page”” function ><

  • jon

    Silly review. USA owns the world. Deal.

  • hailey

    WHY ARE EUROPEANS SO STUUPIDE?

    • Erika

      WHY ARE YOU SO STUUPIDE?

  • PetterX

    Is there a browser like iPhone, where you can swipe back and forward?

  • PasserBy

    Where’s NC Browser? I think it’s one of the fastest browsers available, if not the fastest. Sure it lacks cloud storage but it has Flash and AdBlocker… i guess it’s still new so….

  • Liz Nonyabiz

    One thing most browsers do not do is sort or organize bookmarks. Reviews never mention this either. The new stock browser with KitKat does allow you to organize your bookmarks. You can’t move folders though. Chrome & Firefox (my once favorite) have no bookmark organization.

  • Curtis Rogers

    I’m using toZeno browser and really like it. The Best thing of this browser its light weight (just 1MB) high speed, No Ads Browser for android users

  • Curtis Rogers

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  • tanks for sharing great stuff for my smart android phone.

  • Share King

    Most of all Browser is super, but i m using only on Opera mini so Importance of opera, all of browser is bad … !!

    http://www.ellu.in/

  • Anisha sharma

    Thanks for sharing this useful article with us. You have mentioned a great list of web browsers, but, you can also add Nano Browser to your list. Its also a useful browser and is compatible with iPhone/iPad, Android phones & tablets, Windows & MAC PCs.

  • Steve Brain

    Sticking to Chrome and Flynx :-)
    Been using Flynx since before it was even released on the app store, truly an amazing piece of software. Would love to give a high five to the dev’s :-P

  • Martin Chan

    Solid list. Most of the browsers here are Safari Webkit based so minus the features each of them provide individually, you can’t go wrong.
    If you want to choose another browser because certain sites don’t work, try trusty Firefox, I think it’s one of the only ones on this list that uses a different layout engine. The only downside to Firefox right now is that it’s slightly less smooth but you won’t notice it if you’re using any of the latest phones. I only notice it being less smooth on 4 year old hardware. But the control you get over the browser is uncomparable to the others. I edited webrtc, security configs and use it as my security browser.

  • McLaren F1P1

    I know all this! You’re the ones testing phones. Please make a comparison between which browser is more battery efficient and which gives a better web experience! The stock S6 browser is more battery efficient than Chrome for me and Opera Mini blows them! You need to compare the efficiency of these browsers please! Firefox is worse, sucks battery life like hell!

  • Unnikrishnan S

    I dunno. I have been using CM browser for nearly a year and I absolutely love it. It’s very fast, always works & never crashes. I think everyone has a favorite.

  • Tom Canedy

    You obviously haven’t tried Habit Browser. It is super fast and the most customizable browser on the play store. I have tried THE ALL and Habit is the best by far.

  • andrew cowsar

    I’ve been using adblock browser and dolphin. Firefox and chrome sometimes as well sometimes sites will load better depending on which one I choose.

  • mikiblu

    What about CM Browser?
    I’m using it and it looks very good

  • Danilo Santos

    I use UC and CM.

  • Bruno Martins

    Endomondo was forgot? I keep using the premium version :D

    • JosephHindy

      Endomondo is a diet and exercise app, these are browsers lol.

  • God

    No Adblock Browser? it is stellar!!

    • JosephHindy

      It is still pretty buggy, it needs more work.

  • aa

    Chrome all the way with the sync feature.

  • Armaan Modi

    UC is THE BEST!

  • Vedang Vaidya

    I think CM browser also belongs to the list. I’ve been using it since my last 2 phones, and it’s always been fast and comfortable for me. Firstly, it’s barely 2mb, so does not occupy a lot of space. It’s use of RAM is excellent. It has all the basic options (Incognito, night mode,safe browsing,no track mode, multiple tabs etc). I have 2Gb of ram now but I still prefer it over most others.

  • 11222

    puffin is by far the fastest

  • Lipsoka

    why is this article rated 2016 when comments are years old, u fckin neets

    • minyami

      Because it’s updated every year, you fucking ‘tard.

  • Bull Winkle

    Everyone should look into Cheetah. I’d rank it just below Dolphin.

  • ijstaartindeoven

    Used Firefox first, but scrolling sucks and it doesn’t render sites correctly. UC browser I’m trying now. So far so good.

  • minyami

    Is there any browser on Android that lets you set cache size and does not automatically clear them from time to time?

  • mauvis99

    I agree with Ghostery but what about Butterfly? I used to use Ghostery until I found it.

  • Awesome Bryner

    Why is the paid browser uglier than the free ones?

  • Puffin browser is best in all of them.

  • Edwin PJ

    Seriously…. UC Browser is the best among them…. Especially for those who download a lot. UC comes with UC cloud and it can directly download files to UC Cloud Account and then download it to our local storage without any problems (like link expired, no resume support. Etc)…..

  • Jagan

    Firefox is simply the best for both desktop and mobile

  • xXx_jax_xXx the mlg noscoper g

    i love Naked Browser its my fave

  • Markoff

    nice even three spyware browsers included namely Chinese UC, Chinese Opera and Dolphin

    rest should be OK, though instead of naked i would recommend rather Lightning or Speed Browser XDA fork

  • IS Chaudhry

    My votes are for APUS Browser and Flyperlink.

  • aditi

    ohh this is good .nice list.i just want to share my experience of one of the browser which i came across,that is cool browser,which is cool in its own way.i am using this browser,and its running good.if you want to try something new that try it out.

  • Carlos Luis Barón Carrero

    Lightning?

  • Dolphin on Android is very nice. Light on resources. Fast, nice features and interface. Decent performance. Sadly, in the past year or so they are making it more and more buggy on each release.

  • Neha Mehra

    Nano Browser is also a good web browser you can add to your list.

  • Neha Mehra

    nice article you have shared with us. Thanks for sharing, you can also Nano Browser to your list. Its an amazing and useful web browser that runs very fast on every device.

  • Pavlaras

    10 best of 2016 and the comments below are since 3 years ago…….
    anyway , those that vote for chrome, try the gello browser. its the cm aosp version of chrome.

  • xyzabc

    Best Browser in my Opinion —- Javelin Browser

  • Steve Bergman

    How can this 3 month old story have 3 year old comments???

    • 都良美寿 ローライト

      Hello Steve! This article gets updated every six months from its original publish date as browser wars on mobile devices are always cooking up something new.

  • Sterling Chavis

    Go Naked…browser.