egzthunder1 · Jul 12, 2014 at 09:30 pm

Ditch those Heavy Browsers with Now Material Browser

As stated in a previous article, each individual replacement browser brings its own strengths to the table. These ultimately benefit the overall Android ecosystem by giving more options to the end user. However, because of the way computing is in this day and age, apps are growing larger and more bloated with each and every iteration. Coders waste no effort in attempting to add more features that make the overall experience richer. However, this takes a toll on the size of the apps that we use. Take Google Chrome for Android for instance, which sits at a hefty 63.5 MB. For newer devices, this is not an issue as they come with at least 16 GB of internal storage–out of which, a large chunk can be used for apps. For devices with lower amounts of storage, Chrome can become somewhat of a luxury. Because of this, many people look around for alternatives that provide maximum functionality without having to sacrifice precious storage. If you are among these people, look no further because XDA Senior Member Jeeko has the solution that you need.

Now Material Browser is a full featured browser that sits in your device occupying just a mere 160 KB. No, that’s not a typo. And as its name implies, the browser is made based on Google Now aesthetics and functionality as well as an added touch of Material Design. It offers much of the same functionality that the big players do such as tabbed browsing, Adobe Flash compatibility, Javascript Acceleration, incognito mode, and much more. Another feature that it offers is that of gesture-based navigation, which is great for one handed operation. Again, all this (and more) is delivered with the smallest possible footprint on your device.

The dev is looking for feedback on bugs, requested features, and performance for different devices. So, please take it for a spin and see if you would like to free up about 60 MB off of your device! You can find more information in the Now Material Browser app thread. Happy browsing!


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egzthunder1

egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area.
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