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Naked Browser: Full Featured Yet Tiny–Really, Really Tiny
Despite whatever impressions you may have gotten from the title, we’re here to look at a web browser; sorry to disappoint you. The browser in question has been developed by XDA Forum Member aminaked because in his own words, “I was fed up with the privacy violations, bloat, instability, and general stupid functionality of Android browsers. I decided to make my own.”
The browser itself is pretty minimal, but contains all the core functionality that you’ll need to navigate your way around the net. The primary focus of the developer has been speed, efficiency, privacy, and keeping the application as streamlined as possible. Weighing in at only 95 KB, I’d say he’s done a pretty good job. There are no superfluous functions or bloat of any kind, and you aren’t even expected to put up with ads. Features of the browser include:
- Crash restore
- Undo the closing of a tab
- One finger zoom
- Infinite tabs
Now before you check out this app, be warned: Keeping things this small and fast has a price—eye candy. Aminaked openly admits that, “I prefer it to look crappy but run great. Later it can look and run great.” The general feedback does indeed seem to be that this browser is very fast and efficient. However if you like your apps to look the part, you may want to give this one a little time to mature, as it’s currently in a very early stage of development.
Check out the forum thread for more info.
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