Which browser is the best on Android

Which browser is the best on Android

Google Play Store spoils you with the browser choices available on the Android platform. Most people stick with the Chrome browser as it comes by default on all Android devices. Some opt for the OEM browser, such as Samsung Internet and Mi Browser. It is always advisable to check out the third-party options in the Play Store, as they usually offer more out-of-the-box features and privacy features. Among them, Firefox and Brave are two of the best Android browsers.


Firefox is making headlines with an all-new Android browser with a redesigned user interface and extension support. Brave mocks privacy features as a user’s point of sale for their browser. In short, both browsers are making big claims and are ready to be used as the default browser on your Android device. But which one is the best?

In this article, we will compare these two browsers on various factors like user interface, privacy add-ons, features, playback mode, cross-platform availability, and more. Let’s start.

Cross-platform availability

Cross-platform availability is essential in browser gaming. After all, you would want to sync bookmarks, history, passwords, and extensions across platforms.

The Brave browser is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. Firefox is one step ahead. You can access Firefox browser on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and even Linux.

User interface

The recent crop of Android smartphones has a higher aspect ratio. So it is only convenient to design the user interface with the bottom menu and options. Fortunately, the Brave and Firefox understand the current trend and are implementing the necessary changes in their respective browser interface.

Starting with Brave, standard options such as Home, Bookmark, Search, Tab Selector, and other menus are at the bottom. The search bar may appear at the top, but it is accessible from the bottom search menu. The homepage has a nice wallpaper, which makes the experience even better.

Brave house

Firefox nails the ease of the user interface in its new Android browser. It looks like Firefox’s design is in line with the large screens that have phones in them, and options like the search bar, tab picker, and settings are at the bottom. Accessibility is perfect. You can also switch between tabs and activate private mode from the bottom menu.

Firefox user interface

Firefox and Brave browsers work well with Android 10’s dark theme.

Tab selector menu

After several days or weeks, your web browser will fill up with dozens of tabs. The tab selector menu plays an important role in your browsing experience.

Brave offers a large stack of cards in tab form. When you tap the tab picker menu, it adds all tabs with the option to add a new one, close all tabs, etc. All the necessary options are at the bottom which is a huge relief.

Brave Tab Switch

Firefox’s tab picker is one of the best I’ve seen. You can tap the tab selector menu and look at the open tabs in the bottom menu. I like that it doesn’t take up the whole screen and only uses the bottom half of the screen to let you switch between tabs.

Firefox Tab Selector

Web engine and performance

I’m happy to report that Firefox has finally fixed the annoying scrolling bug with the new Android browser. Firefox runs the new GeckoView renderer to load web pages. With this and a few new settings, Mozilla claims to offer the highest level of privacy and security on the Android platform.

Brave is a Chromium based browser. I had no issues with scrolling or loading performance on Chrome. It’s right up there with the Firefox browser.

Features and privacy options

Brave claims to be the most secure browser on Android. The browser offers something called Brave Shields. The Brave Shield blocks advertisements and web page trackers. It also provides (digital) fingerprint protection, blocks third-party cookies and unnecessary scripts. You can tap the Brave icon in the address bar at the top and take a look at the data.

Brave added Brave Rewards in the browser. Brave allows you to earn BAT (Basic Attention Token) for viewing Brave ads. You will see the live value of these tokens in the menu above. Brave also offers you to reward creators using earned rewards. Unfortunately, Brave lacks the Reading mode.

Brave shield

Brave rewards

You can sync bookmarks, history, Brave rewards, saved addresses using Brave account.

Firefox offers a detailed privacy report to block cross-site tracking cookies and social trackers. Enhanced tracking protection is set to Standard, by default. You can also change it to Strict or Custom.

Firefox Tracking

Firefox Collection

Firefox has integrated a clean reading mode. You can also change the font style and size besides using add-ons. For starters, you can use uBlock Origin to block ads, the Dark Reader extension to force dark theme everywhere, and a few other extensions. Currently, there are only nine expansions. But it’s better than what Brave offers.

Firefox reader

Adding Firefox

Other features include the ability to sync tabs, bookmarks, history, collections (Firefox’s advanced bookmarks manager), etc.

Mozilla or Brave

After trying and uninstalling Firefox each time, this is the first time that Mozilla has offered to try its latest browser. Designed for modern smartphones, it offers top performance and support for extensions. Brave strikes back with a detailed Brave Shield report and Brave rewards feature. Even though Brave slipped by adding affiliate links in URLs and the CEO apologized for the mistake, we think it’s worth a try.

Then:

Firefox also offers a Firefox Focus browser on Android. Read the article below to find the comparison between standard Firefox and Firefox Focus.

Last updated on August 10, 2020

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