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Google’s Chrome browser is used on millions of Android phones and Google is continuously improving this browser because it has some issues on lower-end devices, not being as fast and smooth. Google needs to work on the text-wrapping and another thing that frustrated the users is the removal of the refresh button from the address bar, on the MD update. So, if you’re one of the Android users who are looking for an alternative browser, check out our recommendations.

Dolphin

This browser has a traditional interface with tabs at the top of the screen, which are making navigation very easy, and you can access an extra tab without needing a full tab overview. The only things that will bother you are the amount of space that Dolphin takes and the slower javascript. But it has its advantages, such as the beautiful themes and the Jetpack webkit improvement for GPU rendering, with which Dolphin has obtained great scores in HTML 5.

Next

Yes, this is its name and it was created by GO. Its user interface is aesthetical and has animations, a small search bar where the notification bar can be hidden, but when it comes to javascript performance, this browser scored better than Dolphin. Websites are loading slower than with Chrome, but the browser doesn’t eat as much RAM as other rivals. Another downside of Next is the lack of features. However, it allows you to sync bookmarks, to customize the homescreen and to switch tabs using gestures.



Firefox

Everyone has heard of Firefox, which is extremely popular on desktop computers. The mobile version has a cool UI, which is rounded and has a grey notification bar. The menu is similar to that of Chrome, showing options in rows when slides out. The tab switcher sits at the top and when the tabs are revealed, the interface is lowered. Its javascript performance is one of the best, the pages load fast, but when you close the application and re-open it, the last accessed website will load slower. Devices with low-memory will have a hard time when the users will open websites, so this browser is recommendable only for mid-range devices and flagships. One of the best features of Firefox is the ability to save pages as PDF documents and the Reading List, which is like a list with saved websites.

Opera

It doesn’t have an appealing interface, featuring outdated gradients, but if you want a simple UI, then you will be satisfied with Opera. It has a tab switcher at the top, which can be spawned at the bottom, so you can easily reach it with your thumb. The menu button features a big grind which helps you to easily find every element without eye-scanning a list. There are many interface modes and a bottom bar, which takes up some spaces. However, Opera outperforms Firefox and Dolphin in terms of javascript performance, but it suffers from poor hot loading times, as well.

Javelin

Its Material design is almost perfect, featuring a wild default color palette, the options are at the sides, but their distribution wasn’t the best idea, and the tabs are not easily accessible as in other browsers. It has a similar performance as Chrome at some levels, but in the Browsermark it scored less than 400, while Chrome had a score of 2895. Some of its features are Stack, a built-in ad blocker, an incognito mode and a reading mode.

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