If you don't like the stock Chrome, or the preinstalled manufacturer browsers on your Android phone or tablet, there are plenty of 3rd party solutions to choose from in the Play Store. We even made a thorough comparison of their speed and extra features
not long ago. There is a newcomer on the browsing block though, named Javelin, which you should take for a spin, as it focuses on the actually useful extras, and is developed with secure surfing in mind.
Let's start with the convenience factors first. Javelin offers a Reading Mode, similar to Apple's Safari, or Samsung's Android browser. It strips the article you are reading from unwanted distractions like ads of dancing penguins, pictures, and even fancy formatting, leaving only scrollable, resizable text for your tired eyes to uptake. Next in line is the built-in adblock, which disposes of said dancing penguins, pop-ups, or other advertising paraphernalia that can quickly become annoying during your websurfing sesh. Javelin also opens up almost immediately, and offers one-touch navigation for almost all major actions to save you time.
Now off to the security features - Javelin offers browsing via a proxy service, which is available via an in-app purchase, and an incognito browsing mode for those prying eyes you want to keep at bay. You account access is used only one time when you fire Javelin up, so that the developer knows where to send a support email, if needed. Furthermore, the location access is disabled by default, though you can allow it in the browser's settings later. Location is used by Google Maps, News and many other services you might not want privy to your whereabouts. Last but not least, Javelin sorts your bookmarks by the ones you use the most, and puts them front and center. Nothing to do with security, but it saves you time, so if you are already intrigued, go ahead and take it for a spin from the download link below.
|Developer: Steven Goh||Download: Android|
|Category: Productivity||Price: Free, with in-app purchases|