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Brave Browser: Fast AdBlocker for Android

By Brave Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Apr 25, 2018

The Brave Browser for Android is focused on protecting its users' privacy. While the browser attempts to block all ads and trackers by default, it employs an interesting way for users to compensate creators for their content.

Pros

Block ads; pay publishers: Brave Browser blocks ads and trackers by default. In Settings, you can turn off ad blocking and tracking protection and block ads on regional and local websites.

To compensate content creators, such as website publishers and producers on YouTube and Twitch, Brave has a system that allows readers to make anonymous contributions to websites they visit. Users can automatically direct micro-donations to their top sites. Publishers then receive the contributions in the form of cryptocurrencies once they opt into the system. The company said it's working on a way for users to opt-in to receiving ads as another way to support publishers.

Based on Chromium: Brave Browser is built on the open-source Chromium project from Google. It doesn't at the moment take advantage of everything the project has to offer, but Brave's developers said Brave users will soon be able to use Chrome extensions with its browser.

Cons

Feels like a work in progress: Although the Android version of the browser is a 1.0 release, it still feels a bit rough as the company continues to make changes to the browser architecture and contribution system. The Mac and Windows versions of the browser are in beta and expected to ship later this year.

Bottom Line

The Brave Browser takes a hard line on ads and trackers but presents an interesting way for its users to compensate content creators: They can anonymously contribute to the websites they frequent.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.69

  • Upgraded to Chromium 70.0.3538.110.
  • TLS 1.3 by default.

General

Release November 27, 2018
Date Added November 27, 2018
Version 1.0.69

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,725
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

Brave Web Browser is a fast, free, secure web browser for Android with a built-in AdBlock, tracking and security protection, and optimized data and battery experience.

ADBLOCK

Brave is designed with a built-in adblocker to provide an ad-free and seamless browsing experience.

FAST & SECURE

No external plugins or settings to manage or configure! Brave simply provides the fastest and most secure browsing experience available for Android. Brave is designed for both speed and security, so you can enjoy lightning fast browsing without popups, malware and other annoyances.

BATTERY & DATA OPTIMIZATION

Brave reduces page loading time, improves performance, and guards from ads infected with malware. Brave shows a 2x to 4x speed increase on Android, so you will see a direct reduction in both battery and data plan consumption.

PRIVACY PROTECTION

Brave also protects users with leading privacy and security features such as HTTPS Everywhere (encrypted data traffic), script blocking, 3rd party cookie blocking, and private incognito tabs.

Brave for Android has the following features:

* Built-in AdBlock

* Blocks pop-ups

* Battery optimization

* Data optimization

* Tracking Protection

* Https Everywhere (for security)

* Script Blocking

* 3rd party cookie blocking

* Bookmarks

* History

* Private tabs

* Recent tabs

How to get started?

Easy! Just click on the lion head and discover Brave Shields, which have per-site settings so you can decide which sites to block.

About Brave

We have a mission to save the web by increasing browsing speed and safety for users, while growing ad revenue share for content creators.

The web has become a different place. With the ad-tech ecosystem out of control, users have revolted and blocking ads has become the new weapon of choice for improving their browsing speed, safety and privacy. Unfortunately, blocking alone results in a race to the bottom where nobody wins. Without the ability for content creators to earn money for their efforts, users could be left with fewer sites to browse, relegated to hand-picked content from controlled sources.

Brave aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution to give users and publishers a better deal, where fast, safe browsing is the path to a brighter future for the open web.

To learn more about Brave web browser which has a built-in AdBlock, tracking and security protection, and optimized data and battery experience, please go to https://www.brave.com

Note: Brave for Android is Brave's tab-based browser and is different from Brave Browser - Link Bubble, which loads pages in the background.

Support: If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at support@brave.com