Feature-perfect browsers are fine and dandy but sometimes you feel the need…the need for speed. This is where the 5 fastest browsers for Android come into play and lend a helping hand. We have already listed the 10 best browsers available for Android on the Play Store. Now it’s time to introduce the fastest browsers for Android.
If you have been following Joy of Android, you might notice that almost all the browsers in this list are new ones. It’s because the 10 best browsers were selected based on reliability, user interface and ease of use. Sure speed was considered but it was not the focus. These 5 browsers are selected based on their rapid loading times and streaming capabilities. I loaded the main page of this very site and streamed a video from YouTube all the while recording loading times on both WiFi and 3G. Flash performance was also considered while testing the apps.
Note: The 5 fastest browsers for Android were tried on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 updated with 4.4.2 Kit Kat from Samsung. The apps were also used on a less capable Asus MeMoPad 7 HD. The loading times varied between the two devices and the tablet didn’t feature 3G capabilities. Still the results were favorable and fast.
1. CM Browser – Free
The Speediest There Is
If you are in the market for a fully featured and fast browser, then CM Browser is worth a look. This browser was also featured in the main browser list thanks to its robust set of features and great user interface. The browser loaded the main page of Joy of Android in only 0.6 seconds on WiFi which is great because the page comes loaded with images and walls of text. Video streaming was also of good quality but one other browser beats it. To top it off the browser loaded the image heavy IGN page in little over one second which for me is amazing.
- A solid interface which can be customized.
- The app size is surprisingly small.
- Security is top-notch and the app warns of malicious links.
If you like downloading apps from third-party app stores, this is a browser you should always use. It scans the APK files for malware and warns you about it before the download completes. This added layer of security and of course speed makes this one of the best browsers around.
2. Next Browser for Android – Free
The Next Big Thing
Next Browser is from the same guys who made the GO launcher. So I had some large expectations from the browser even before it was installed, thankfully all of them were fulfilled rather nicely. Next Browser is extremely fast and comes in a small package. The browser’s Play Store page claims that it never takes more than 1.5 seconds to open a site and I wholeheartedly agree. The only time the browser took more time was when I loaded a forum page with 100+ pictures, but that was me getting excited and going overboard. The performance Next Browser gave was remarkable and that combined with its simple interface makes it a great option.
- The browser uses less memory and also consumes less power.
- The download function enables offline reading.
- Customize your home screen according to your needs.
This browser completely exits with only one click. It also never leaves any kind of processes running in the background minimizing any extra load on battery and resources.
3. Atlas Web Browser – Free and $2.99
A Rare Free and Paid Option
3.A Free Version
Atlas Web Browser is only at 3rd place because it puts restrictions on the free version. Although the loading speed of sites, images and videos is remarkable, the weird limitation on the number of open tabs makes me cringe. Sure you can shell a few bucks to gain the ability of opening more than 4 tabs but this restriction feels kind of cheap. The browser itself comes with a simple design but annoyingly the first boot-up is a mess. The only reason it is ranked in the 5 fastest browsers for Android list is because it is actually very fast otherwise the design is an instant turn off for me.
- The free version is thankfully completely Ad-free.
- The control panel slides out with grace.
- The User Interface hides automatically when viewing a site.
3.B Paid Version
The paid version of the browser allows you to open more than 4 tabs at a time, which is a blessing for a guy who loads articles before reading them in one go. The paid version also adds a Dual View to display two browser views at the same time, if you have a tablet or a big phone, this feature looks great. Paying for the pro key allows you to save settings for individual web sites; this comes in handy in the long run assuming you use Atlas as your main browser.
4. Opera Browser for Android – Free
Speed Dial is a Nice Feature
Opera Browser for Android, which should not be confused for the stellar yet slower Opera Mini browser, is one of the fastest browser for Android. This browser brings the same design we loved about Opera Mini but expands it in numerous ways. The browser also uses a new engine which makes the loading times short. I especially loved the well-lit and clean main interface which is somehow recognizable despite being new. The browser also comes with automatic page resizing to adjust the page for better readability.
- Speed dial is a time saver.
- The new bookmark features are good.
- Compatible with tablets as well as phones.
The browser features an Off-Road mode which keeps you online even on slow or congested networks. This mode also helps if you are on a limited data plan and need to save those overcharges. The content will still be displayed but only the essentials will make the cut. This is a lifesaver in low signal areas.
5. Puffin Web Browser – Free and $3.99
5.A Free Version
Puffin Web Browser is the only browser which fully supports flash and is blazingly fast. If you want to play flash-based browser games on your Android device, this is the best browser there is. Sure Photon Browser does feature flash but to be honest it is not as flashy as Puffin Web Browser (pun intended). Apart from featuring some great loading speeds the browser actually runs pretty much any flash-based game with ease. The best part is that it has virtual joypad, keyboard and mouse built-in which can be activated right from the screen. As you can see, I have circled the awesome features in one of the screenshots.
- A solid interface which serves its purpose well.
- Loading and rendering speeds is great.
- Color themes which change the way it looks.
The browser features a theater mode for flash-based videos and games. This enables you to enjoy good content while utilizing the whole screen.
5.B Paid Version
Ok this is where things get weird; the free version has flash availability timings. That’s right, the free version of the browser supports flash during the daytime every day. The timing usually starts from 8 am to 4 pm and after that no flash for you freeloader! By paying for the paid version you will obviously get 24 hour access to the flash features. Apart from this important feature, there is nothing much added to the paid version.
The 5 fastest browsers for Android will provide you with relentless surfing power. Loading text will be a matter of microseconds even on week connectivity. Image-laden pages will also be loading very rapidly. Video streaming is not as amazing as the rest of the features but hey, you can’t have everything. What is your favorite browser? Do you value speed over everything else or want more social and experience enhancing features? Do tell me about what browsers can beat the ones featured in this list and I will make sure to look them up. Until next time, full steam ahead!