11 of the best Android browsers

December 9, 2013


    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 with a device. Finding the right one can be difficult since most of them have a variety of features and focuses. Some focus on features, others on speed, and some try to do both. So which ones are the best? Click on the video above to watch it or keep going to read it.


    Baidu best android browsersBaidu Browser

    [Price: Free]
    First up is Baidu browser. In terms of looks it looks like what you’d except out of a browser. You can have windowed tabs or actual tabs at the top if you prefer. There is also a night mode, swipe navigation, a decent list of tools and actions to perform, and even a floating icon that Get it on Google Playlets you open the browser from anywhere. It performed as well as you can expect from a browser and it has a strong feature set that can compete with others.
    Baidu best Android browsers


    Firefox best android browsersFirefox

    [Price: Free]
    Firefox browser is one of the most popular browsers on desktops and, predictably, one of the best on Android. It doesn’t have any real off the wall features, but it does provide a very satisfying web browsing Get it on Google Playexperience. It allows you to sync to your desktop version of Firefox to obtain your bookmarks and there are add-ons that you can add as well.
    Firefox best android browsers


    Google Chrome best android browsersGoogle Chrome

    [Price: Free]
    Of course we give the obligatory nod to the most popular browser on Android and that’s Chrome browser. It offers direct syncing with your desktop version by logging into Google along with a competent browsing experience. It has some swipe navigation, an unlimited Get it on Google Playnumber of browser tabs, and it is a very solid and stable experience. Also, if you’re going for the all Google experience, this is the browser you want.
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    Next browser best android browsersNext Browser

    [Price: Free]
    As with most of these browsers, Next Browser focuses on speed. Unlike many of these browsers, it does this quite well. It also boasts a small footprint so it’s ideal for older devices who Get it on Google Playwant better browsing without the more bloated options. There are add on options if you need them but overall this is a very nice browser.
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    Opera browser best android browsersOpera Browser

    [Price: Free]
    We’ve reviewed Opera Browser a bunch of times and that’s because it’s a really nice browser. It has all the features you’d expect in a browser with a relatively quick browsing experience. There are Get it on Google Playthemes and add-ons as well as the Speed Dial and Discover features to help give you a more entertaining browsing experience. It’s definitely worth a shot.
    Opera browser best android browsers


    Boat Browser iconBoat Browser

    [Price: Free]
    We’ve also reviewed Boat Browser before and coming back to play with it again left the same good taste it did last time. It has features like add-ons and themes as well as a built-in app store. Get it on Google PlayIt’s a solid browser option that also has a paid option if you need more features, but the free one is pretty good on its own.
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    Maxthon best android browsersMaxthon Browser

    [Price: Free]
    Maxthon Browser used to carry a little flack because it has been included as bundled software on devices before but we assure you, it isn’t bloatware. Maxthon has a lot of features and most of Get it on Google Playthem are behind the scenes, leaving you with just the web browsing. There are add-ons supported and it is a solid browsing experience.
    Maxthon best android browsers


    Naked browser best android browsersNaked Browser

    [Price: Free / $2.00]
    Naked Browser may look simple but it’s no joke. It foregoes most features that you’ll find in these others in favor of pure speed. The UI is very minimal and it really does load pages very quickly and display them very well. There are no add-ons, bloat features, or Get it on Google Playanything. It just loads websites so if you have an older device or you simply don’t need all that other stuff, give Naked Browser a try.
    naked browser best android browsers


    Puffin browser best android browsersPuffin Browser

    [Price: Free / $2.99]
    Puffin Browser is definitely the wild card app on this list. It works well enough on its own as a web browser, but it has some unusual features. For instance, there’s a built in track pad and game pad. During most of the Get it on Google Playyear, you can only load flash content during 12 hours of the day. There are also add-ons if you need those. It’s definitely an interesting browser.
    Puffin browser best android browsers


    UC Browser best android browsersUC Browser

    [Price: Free]
    Last on our list is the venerable UC Browser. This browser has fairly impressive performance and, based on the sites it recommends when you open it, is targeted to people not in the United States which is actually quite refreshing. It includes some features Get it on Google Playlike speed mode which helps you browse even faster and auto pager which loads multiple pages at once so multi-page articles are easier to read.
    UC browser best android browsers


    Dolphin Browser best android browsersDolphin Browser

    [Price: Free]
    Dolphin Browser is another popular browser that has improved a bunch over the last year and a half or so. Not only is the browsing faster, but it has a lot of features including add-ons, gestures, and sonar. Sonar is Get it on Google Playa feature where Dolphin will use your voice to search your internet. Kind of like Google Voice Search. It’s unique and even has themes.
    Dolphin Browser best android browsers


    Wrap up

    It’s very difficult to determine a best browser. Everyone has different needs and all of these browsers have unique features. So it’s perfectly possible that we may have missed a great browser. If we have an you want us to know, feel free to tell us in the comments.

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    Comments

    • 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

    • http://www.thedroideffect.com/ Damir Franc

      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.

      • http://annunakimaster.blogspot.com/ AnnunakiEnvoy

        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.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • http://annunakimaster.blogspot.com/ AnnunakiEnvoy

      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!

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

      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…

    • http://tech-wonders.blogspot.com/ ramaraobobby

      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?

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