Even though most people buy Android phones & tablets thinking they’re going to use productivity apps, play games and watch movies or TV shows, the truth is that the web browser is the most used Android app, and given how everything we need is on the web, that should come as no surprise.
#1. Google Chrome
We’re starting with Google Chrome because frankly, regardless of the fact that it is Android’s default web browser, it is fast and gets the job done. If you’re using Chrome on your PCs, you can sync it with your mobile devices and your bookmarks and passwords will be accessible all across. I personally have gotten used to Chrome’s interface and most other browsers seem sluggish in comparison.
#2. CM Browser
It’s fast, small and secure – the essentials of any great browser app. CM Browser is developed by the team behind CM Security app and it delivers on several accounts, starting wit hits under 2 MB file size. Not only is it memory friendly, it also has a clean cut interface and gives a fast browsing experience on Android devices.
For those who are concerned about security and privacy, CM Browser also gives in-app warnings about downloads and suspected websites along with options to prevent tracking and browsing the web incognito.
#3. Maxthon Browser – Fast
Maxthon is one of the fastest Android browsers I have used and it has a great set of features to compliment that. You can get set up your favorite sites for quick access and also use gesture controls to navigate the web. Maxthon has also integrated cloud services into the app, allowing users to send and receive texts, share images and links along with syncing their devices for a seamless web browsing experience.
There are several different add-ons available to download as well, and if you want you can also adjust your display for improved reading. All this and the fact that it supports flash video playback make Maxthon another solid recommendation.
#4. UC Browser
Since we’re discussing speed, we can’t miss out UC Browser, which is also quite zippy thanks to its preloading feature. Not only does it deliver a fast web browsing experience, it also manages downloads well and you can customize it with themes. The very useful “night mode” feature is also available (though it can sometimes break web pages) along with incognito mode support. Another great Android web browser overall.
#5. Firefox Browser for Android
Though I personally feel its a tad slower than other browsers on the list, it is still a solid offering by Mozilla and has a good variety of add-ons you can download, including ones that will allow you to manage passwords, create gestures for browsing and block ads. Offline reading feature is also available on Firefox, and even though it is not as flexible as its PC counterpart, it is still a good bet for your Android devices.