Android phones come with a default browser, but most of us do not rely on it. Moreover, we are spoilt for web browser choices. While desktop clients such as Opera, Firefox and Chrome have paved their way into the mobile world, there are also several proprietary mobile browsers like SkyFire, Dolphin and more. Next Browser is one such browser developed by the company that gave us the popular Go Launcher app. Read on to know more about the Next Browser.
The user interface of the Next Browser will not disappoint you at all. It is simple, straightforward and has taken cues from other popular mobile browsers. The homepage is divided into three screens. The main page gives access to pinned/frequently used websites and bookmarks just like Opera; swipe to your right and you can view the most-visited websites, something found in Chrome, while swiping to your left shows the “Next View”, which contains RSS tiled-feeds. We loved the auto-complete URL feature. Next to the URL, one will find a number that indicates the tabs that are opened. You can simply click on it and view all the tabs. Here you can add a new tab or even simply delete a tab by swiping it downwards. Swipe left and right to access other tabs and extensions. The support for gestures make navigation very smooth.
The user interface of Next Browser
Features and performance
The browser supports everything from custom speed dial and tab browsing to voice search and extensions. Moving between tabs is easy and the UI is very slick. The Search feature works wonderfully and lets you search from web, videos (YouTube), news and images. The voice search, which is integrated into the browser, takes you to the Google Search page. The mobile browser lets users import bookmarks from other browsers that they have been using. In fact, it also lets users sync their bookmarks across all devices on which they use Next Browser. One needs to simply login with their Facebook or Google account, and the bookmarks are automatically pushed on to other devices. You will have to enable Bookmark sync under preferences.
Accessing tabs and extensions is simpler, as one has to just swipe left or right. However, the extensions are limited to just four, namely, Evernote Clipper, Pocket Plugin, Facebook extension and QR code extension. The number of extensions is almost negligible compared to Firefox or Chrome. The settings are simpler and more customisable. You can completely customise the browser experience as per your needs. Under preferences, you can select the search engine of your choice (options are Google, Baidu, Yahoo! and Bing), block offensive words in voice search, download offline speech recognition, set it as default browser and check for updates.
There is no private browsing tab or mode, which is something most users will miss. However, it allows clearing browsing data and preventing personal data and cookies from being stored.
The Next Browser doesn't bring anything innovative to the table, but has successfully borrowed the best features from its contemporaries. Nevertheless, the browsing is smooth and swift. A few features, namely, better extensions and private browsing, still go amiss and the browser isn't as refined as your mainstream popular browsers. However, a few more updates (hoping they are released soon) and the Next Browser can conveniently become your default mobile browser.
Click here to download Next Browser for Android.