Javelin Browser for Android gets a big update

Javelin Browser for Android gets a big update
It was not too long ago we shared with you our review of the 10 best web browsers for Android. Among the collection was Javelin, which found itself in the upper-middle-of-the-pack, but still a solid performer, and oh-so-easy on the eyes.

Javelin is also packed with features, not bad for a free app. An in-app purchase enables Javelin Pro, adding functions, including no limit on the number of tabs you can have open and the ability to find text on a page, among others. If you contribute more than the $2.99 buy-in, you can “gift” Javelin to a couple friends.

Just ahead of the expected official updates to Android L, and the new user experience called “Material Design,” Javelin has just pushed a big update which gives the browser a whole new look and feel, plus a number of new features.

Javelin Sync has been added, which synchronize your bookmarks, recent tabs, and “speed-dial” (more on that) with your desktop Chrome browser (via desktop plug-in also). Password Manager has also been added.

Visually, Material Design is the biggest part of the update to Javelin, but it has been implemented at all levels of the interface. The tabs are visual and accessible by a single swipe on the right drawer. Settings and features are accessed via a swipe on the left drawer. The tabs follow the same language as the new “speed-dial,” which is basically quick access to recently opened pages, which is incorporated into the default home page of the browser.

Javelin Stack, the ability to open a page and have the app “float” above an open app remains, as does reading mode, immersive mode (hidden status/navigation bars), and other features that make the Javelin Browser for Android an appealing option.

The indie developer behind Javelin, Steven Goh, believes this update puts his browser ahead of the others in terms of features and functionality. Javelin is a “mobile first” browser, something that differentiates itself from a lot of the other browsers out there, whose origins stem from the desktop. For the Chrome faithful, Goh issues these challenges: compare the number of taps to simply refresh a page in Chrome versus Javelin. Then, compare how many taps it takes to open or create a bookmark.

For an indie-dev shop, Javelin is an extremely polished product. Those that like to participate and provide feedback will find a highly active community of users, many of whom were part of beta run ahead of the latest update. Goh has his sights set high, noting that he believes this latest update will “leapfrog Javelin to be a better mobile browser than most, even Chrome.” With goals like that, and a free download, Javelin is worth checking out.  Click the source link get Javelin.



source: Javelin Browser (Google Play)

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19 Comments

1. John.v2

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

i cant be unfaithful to chrome

3. John.v2

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

or may be i should..... yeah i think im gonna give it a try

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I use chrome for most my web browsing But I use Javelin for its multi-tasking feature (like link bubble) for opening links from reddit, messages/txt and emails So I continue reading while the page loads in the background Also look at the screenshots from Chrome, there's new keyboard theme and status bra icons (probably from Android L)https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.chrome&hl=enhttps://lh3.ggpht.com/0j-XzNtmbsq9FLB3-P5hOnmvWy4C3cYLLZtTEH0DWybrtPDSaGCYBPKCmPZfjcXmDXI=h900-rw

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

lol status bra...

2. yonith

Posts: 226; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I refuse to use a browser that doesn't have a full screen mode. Dolphin ftw!

4. violentsushi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Check out the second screenshot

5. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Chrome is the best Android browser you can get,... but that one really done a great job with Material Design thing.!

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Firefox continues to be my Android browser of choice. It may not be as slick as Chrome or Javelin, but it works well and the add-on support is great.

12. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I too prefer mozilla just because of add-on specially i use ad-block..

8. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Any browsers with a back, refresh/stop, tabs, menu button on the front top bar for one-tap goodness? Does it also load all clicked links in the back as a tab by default 1tap? Speedy? No hangups? I hate that chrome makes me click menu to refres/stop or go back

16. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Try UC browser

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I use Puffin browser, its incredibly fast, and even has a virtual trackpad(pointer for hovering and clicking links)! But it lacks the UI polish and is a bit sluggish.

11. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

puffin and naked browser for me

13. yonith

Posts: 226; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

This browser also doesn't let u long press links to save them. Eg. A podcast I listen to has an archive with links to their mp3s. I can't longpress those links and save them as an mp3 like I can in Dolphin.

14. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i tried it on my sony z2 and it is really good and super fast .. my default browser right now

15. KashunatoR

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Is there any other browser with flash besides dolphin?

17. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

UC browser

18. ibenzawla

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Yeah looks like Chrome is getting far better at least on my LG L90. No need to use anything else for now.

19. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Sorry, but if you use chromecast, there is no other browser, Chrome is the only choice for all my needs.

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