Spotlight: Rbrowser is a fast and lightweight browser for Android devices with Snapdragon processors

Spotlight: Rbrowser is a fast and lightweight browser for Android devices with Snapdragon processors
If you own an Android device that's powered by any of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips, and want to try an alternative internet browser, you should give Rbrowser a spin. Basically, this is Chromium code optimized for Snapdragon processors, which is a solid recipe for a fast and efficient browser meant for most Android devices in the Western part of the globe.

Indeed, Rbrowser is especially zippy on the Snapdragon 801-powered smartphone we tested on. No, it's not quite the "Safari running on the latest iPhone" racecar experience, as Rbrowser does take a short pause for itself before rendering a heavy web page. But once everything's loaded and ready, panning and zooming is delightfully smooth, without a hint of stutter.

Built upon Chromium's foundation (in other words, code from the open-source projects behind Chrome and Chrome OS), Rbrowser feels familiar for Android users and is very easy to get around. The 'Settings' menu presents a non-overwhelming amount of thought-out options. Choosing a homepage and default search engine is pretty standard browser fare, but then there's also Immersive mode to make the browser fullscreen, Night mode for blasting your retinas with out-of-control brightness, Power saving mode (which disables any fancy rendering algorithms), and Auto-fill. The 'Edge swipe' functionality feels fast and intuitive, letting you scroll between previous and last pages by simply swiping from the left and right screen edges.

Moving on to 'Privacy & security' features, the built-in ad and pop-up blockers are definitely notable, along with the option of quickly clearing the private data (history, cache, cookies and such) stored by the browser, and the ability to choose individual permissions for location, microphone, and camera access. Most of these options can be toggled on a per-site basis, allowing for a degree of fine control.

Overall, Rbrowser has good potential and seems stable enough to be relied upon as your daily driver.

Developer: magic_manDownload: Android (Play Store link)
Category: BrowsersPrice: Free

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12 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

exclusive to SD ? cant be used with exynos ?

3. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

It's optimized for SD devices.

8. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Exynos 5433 is coping with that good. Try it, you won't regret! ;)

2. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Pretty good and light browser. The icon is so damn ugly though.

4. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Fast browser, but there's no native TABLET mode w/c is kinda annoying if you're using a tablet

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

and not a racecar as Safari? haha PA has done it again! ROTFL, i never buy those iPraises. meh

6. demi9od

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

Firefox with the Bluhell firewall is a godsend for Androids. Every time I see someone open Chrome and all those adds start loading up I remember how good Bluhell is.

7. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Opera mini is a fast browser too. Try it on my older shelved phone and found that it is the best.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The only thing that's keeping me from moving to this browser (or any browser for that matter) is the lack of Opera Turbo

10. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Fast on SD but even faster on exynos ? LOL !

11. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

If only I can sync this with my Chrome on PC.

12. tricky

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Pretty much based off of public CAF Chromium code, here is another build based off of Chromium v46 without AdBlocker though. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.codeaurora.swe.browser.dev

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