Modern advancements in the form of apps on our smartphones have left us with little reason to use outdated, less responsive web apps in a browser. However, for anything that doesn’t come as a dedicated app on the Play Store, the default web browser is our best friend, right?
Turns out, there are better alternatives to Chrome or Samsung Internet for those who value speed and overall liveliness over everything else when browsing the web. In this article, we have seven of the fastest web browsers for Android that will allow you to search noticeably faster.
1. Google Go
Google Go is perhaps the cleanest and smoothest mini-browser around. Not only does it have the advantage of being up to date with Google’s latest design guidelines, it actually has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it a viable option over, say, Google Chrome.
Quick launch options let you effortlessly search by voice, use your phone’s camera for live translation, or just find out what’s going on using your Google feed. The browser also has shortcuts to search for images and GIFs which you can then share with your friends.
Along with eye-catching animations, you can choose a wallpaper of your choice, select a second language to quickly switch between search results, and even activate a simplified mode to save additional data.
To download: Google Go (Free)
2. Carbon: Ultra-fast browser
Aside from its incredibly accurate name, this browser ticks all the right boxes that make it a fast browser. It has a simple interface, ad blocker, data saver and even a built-in VPN. The combination of all these features provides a noticeably faster browsing experience.
Although it’s a speed-focused browser, Carbon offers a whole list of options to fine-tune your search experience. In fact, the whole hamburger menu and its options are a “carbon” copy of those of Google Chrome. Lastly, the browser also has Carbon stats that show how many trackers and ads you managed to dodge while using this web browser.
To download: Carbon: Ultra-fast browser (Free)
3. Opera Mini
Opera is a name that has become synonymous with speed over the years, and the mini version of the web browser brings it even closer to the speed of light. Getting rid of most of the functionality found in the traditional Opera browser, what’s left of Mini is a simple search tool with a few handy features.
Besides the usual data saving and ad blocking tools found in other browsers, Opera Mini lets you share files with your friends offline. It has a dedicated personalized news section that adapts to your browsing habits to display relevant stories. You can even access personalization settings to change the look of the web browser.
To download: Mini Opera (Free)
Many users have been dropping Google Chrome for Brave in the recent past thanks to raising the need for privacy-focused features. With an all-in-house search engine and promised speeds of up to three times that of Google Chrome, Brave has amassed a decent number of loyal users worldwide.
As a privacy-focused browser, you can expect the usual set of features like an ad blocker, tracker protection, third-party cookie blocker, and more. Brave also forces each web instance to load with a Automatic HTTPS protocol and will warn you before accessing unsecured sites.
The browser also has a built-in VPN that you can use to access geo-blocked content, although you have to pay for it.
To download: Brave (Free in-app purchases available)
5. Hermit Lite App Browser
Hermit takes the whole notion of fast web browsing up a notch by allowing you turn any website into an app in seconds, so you don’t have to shell out valuable storage on your phone to have multiple social media apps installed separately.
The app also obviously works like a normal browser and displays search results quite quickly. Using Hermit is a great way to break your social media addiction without having to switch completely to MIA with your friends online. Other benefits of using lightweight apps in Hermit include little to no background battery drain, fast switching between profiles, and avoidance of dodgy trackers.
Hermit Browser also offers a one-time premium purchase that unlocks even greater customization when it comes to using the lite apps. All in all, if you’re looking for a modern, easy, and fast way to use your favorite social media apps without the usual hassles, give Hermit a try.
To download: Hermit (Free in-app purchases available)
6. Firefox tuning
Even though the standard Firefox browser has been rated as one of the fastest web browsers for Android, Firefox Focus is still better suited for those looking for a streamlined browsing experience. Firefox Focus does this by blocking most trackers, cookies, and ads, and treating each browsing session as a private session.
This means that there are hardly any resources like your browsing history or saved passwords to enhance your browsing experience. It also achieves this by having an incredibly simple user interface with nothing but a search box and a few customizable shortcuts waiting for you every time you open the app. The few cookies and the history it tracks can be easily cleared with a single click.
To download: Firefox tune-up (Free)
7. Neeva Browser
Neeva is another good choice for those looking for a fast web browser on Android. It has a surprisingly clean user interface without any annoying prompts for in-app purchases whatsoever.
It incorporates your usual ad and tracker blocking functionality for an even faster browsing experience. With just one click, you can see how many trackers are creeping around a web page.
To download: Neeva Browser (Free)
Browse faster and more efficiently on Android
With web browsing being a big part of our online lives, selecting a fast and reliable client is absolutely crucial. While there are browsers out there that offer dense feature sets like there’s no tomorrow, sometimes all we’re looking for is a quick and easy search tool.
Since most of the browsers on this list prioritize speed, they actually come bundled with useful tools like VPNs and tracker blockers which are generally nice features anyway. Although it’s only the basic features you’re looking for, the Play Store, thankfully, has a good number of options.