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Next Browser – faster simpler lighter web browser for Google Android

Next Web Browser for Google Android

Next Browser is a free alternative web browser made by the developers who make the popular Go Launcher Google Android Homescreen alternative.

Next Browser is a good alternative to the default browser which comes with Google Android because Next runs very fast, and does not slow down your Google Android smartphone and tablet when you use it. Next also has a lot of useful features for a lightweight web browser like tabs, speed dial Quick Tag bookmarks, bookmarks, top sites/most visited sites page, bookmark sync from Google Chrome, RSS reader, Search for websites, images, videos, and News,  touch gestures, Google Voice search, Night mode to make web browsing in the dark easier to read, add-ons, and Private browsing/incognito mode. I can also easily save websites for offline viewing with Next View.

Next browser runs very quickly on my older 2012 Asus Nexus 7 Google Android tablet with a 1.3GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. Websites take only a few seconds to fully load, and the web browser rarely crashes or freezes when I use it.  Scrolling up and down websites is very smooth and fast in my experience. Next Browser does not drain my battery  a lot when I use it because of Next’s low RAM, and CPU usage. There is also a Exit button in Next Browser settings menu to completely exit the browser. When Next is not running, there are no background Next web browsers using RAM, and CPU resources like other popular browsers.

Next does not slow down even when I have many tabs open, and been using it for more than 30 minutes.  Next Web Browser starts up in seconds after hitting the shortcut icon on my Google Android Homescreen Launcher.

The RSS reader is pretty quick in Next Browser when I use it to browse the news from it. The RSS reader is good for finding interesting news article on different topics like Technology, and Cars without the need to go visit a bunch of websites on those topics.

Next Web browsers user interface uses very little screen space on my tablet because it only uses 1 Line for the address bar, settings menu, and tab button, so it is easy to view websites even on smaller touchscreen smartphones and tablets which run on Google Android. When I hold my tablet horizontally, Next also shows a back, forward, and homepage button along with the address bar, tabs, and settings button.

Next Browser also supports Adobe Flash, JavaScript, and mobile videos from mobile websites with videos which can be played on mobile devices. Next plays video from YouTube, and other media streaming sites very quickly.

In Next it is easy to change the text size in the Display settings under the settings menu.

There is also an extension in Next to make it full screen by hiding the Google Android status bar, and address bar when you scroll down the page.

The speed dial, and regular bookmark screen location can be changed, so you can put your most used bookmarks at the top of the screen, and your less used bookmarks at the bottom of the bookmarks or speed dial page.

I find it also very convenient that Next can import bookmarks from Google Chrome for Android, or desktop Chrome by using Chrome Sync, or Google Plus Sync. I can also sync bookmarks from Facebook with its Facebook sync. By importing bookmarks, I save a lot of time by not needing to manually add bookmarks one at a time by going to a website, and tapping on the Add bookmark button in Next.

The tabs manager in Next is easy to use. I only need to hit the tabs button to open a new tab, or close a tab by sliding a tab up. To open a previously open tab, I just need to click on the tabs I want to browse.

It is possible to change the web search engine to DuckDuckGo, Google, Bing, and other search engines. The search engine built-into. Next browser can also search for images, videos, and news from different search engines as well.

There are also touch gestures in Next which let me go back to a older tab or opening the tabs manager by sliding my finger to the right of the screen from the left edge of the screen, and go to the next tab or opening the extensions menu by sliding my finger to the right from the left tab.  You can change the touch gesture settings in the gestures menu in the Next settings menu. It is also possible to disable the touch gestures in Next.

Next browsers Incognito private browser mode is easy to use by opening a new private tab in the tab manager. Private browsing mode would not save any of your history, cookies, cache, and other browsing files to your storage drive, so history data won’t show up on Next’s History. It is easy to clear private data in Next’s History settings. I just need to hit the clear data button, and wait a few seconds to clear data in my clear private data settings page.

Next is a light, fast, simple, and feature rich web browser for Google Android Smartphones and tablets.

Download Next Web browser at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jiubang.browser

It is only 3.2MB in size to download, and Next works with Google Android 2.2 and up.

2 comments… add one
  • Joe May 7, 2015, 3:17 am

    Careful, Next isn’t really supported by its developers anymore. more than half the extensions don’t work anymore and they don’t reply to any feedback or questions emails.

    • Johnson Yip May 7, 2015, 8:21 pm

      It’s too bad that Next is not actively supported since it seems to work pretty well when I use it. I’m surprise that the developers don’t support it much since Next is created by Go Launcher which is one of the biggest launcher makers for Android.

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