Many older, and slower Google Android smartphones, and tablets are now too slow to run a lot of popular Google Android web browsers well. Some web browsers and bigger websites need a newer smartphones, and tablets with a Quad-Octa core CPU, 2GB of RAM, more free storage space, and faster video chip to display mobile and full desktop websites quickly without slowdown problems.
If you own a slower, and older Google Android smartphone or tablet, or want a more faster running, and lightweight web browser, using an alternative lightweight web browser would make browsing on Google Android faster, and smoother even on devices with less RAM, less storage, use a slower CPU, and use an older version of Google Android like Gingerbread 2.3, and Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. Using Lightweight web browsers on a faster smartphone like the Galaxy S6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9, Shield Tablet, Oppo One Plus One, and Galaxy Note 4 would make web browsing very fast on faster devices, and should improve multi-tasking as well when you have multiple tabs, and other apps open at once.
Many lightweight web browsers still have features like tab web browsing, autofill forms, autofill passwords, downloads manager, bookmarks, speed dial bookmarks, private browsing, HTML5 support, and Flash video support which is built-into its browser. Some light web browsers also have support for installing add-ons, and extensions to add even more features to the web browsers.
Some lightweight web browsers have features like data saving browsing mode, user agent changer, RSS news reader, online bookmark sync, full screen browsing mode, offline web browsing, More Advance Private browsing mode, Text-only web browsing mode, and Nightmode reading mode which are not available on web browsers which are not as lightweight or fast.
I used many Google Android web browsers over the past few years on my older Kobo Vox Tablet with a 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of storage, and my Asus Nexus 7 2012 tablet with a Nvidia Tegra 3 1.3 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. I also reviewed many Google Android web browsers on this site. Here is my list of faster Google Android web browsers which should run quickly even if your Google Android smartphone or tablet is slower and older. Some of these web browsers I used on my Google Android tablet and reviewed. I also added some lightweight web browsers which other people recommended on Google Android, and smartphone apps related forums, blogs, and Google Play’s Android App store.
Some lightweight browsers can help you save data by using website compression technology, script-blockers, Picture blockers, flash blockers, and video blockers which will make you use less data. Using less data may make your battery life longer because your smartphone is not downloading a lot of data.
Fast light Free Google Android Web Browsers
One of the best features of Naked Browser is that I can change the default search engine to almost any search engine by pasting in the Search url link, which usually looks like example.com//?q= , into the search engine URL settings in Naked Browser settings. This feature is good for adding privacy focus search engines like StartPage, Ixquick, DuckDuckGo, or reward search engines like Swagbucks which reward you with reward points for searching with its search engine.
Naked Browser’s App is only 115K in size, and works with Google Android 2.1, and up.
Now Browser uses 172K of space on Google Android, so it can be installed on smartphones and tablets with very little free space.
Lightning is a simple web browser which is designed to run very fast, and reliably because it uses the built-in WebKit rendering engine in Google Android. It also has privacy features to protect your privacy like incognito private browsing while you are using it to browse the web. It has tabs, bookmarks, search suggestions, user agent changer, OrWeb Tor Proxy support, and full screen web browsing.
APUS browser is a lightweight, fast, and simple to use tabbed web browser. It is only 0.6MB in size, and it runs pretty quickly. It works with Google Android 4.03 and up. It has tabs, bookmarks, history, search suggestions, Google Voice support, HTML5 support, and a no-image mode to save bandwidth. It has a modern flat design which makes it easy to use, and read. It loads websites quickly even on slower connections. The homepage in APUS lets users quickly search or go to websites from the address bar located at the middle of the screen, so you can reach it easily with your thumb on your hand which you use to hold your phone or smaller size 7-8 inch tablet.
Download APUS Browser at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apusapps.browser
APUS Turbo is a tabbed web browser which is similar to APUS Browser. APUS Turbo is designed to be very lightweight, simple to use, and use less Data with the Turbo data savings features which compresses images. APUS Turbo also can save websites for offline reading. It has some of the features like speed dial bookmarks, no image mode, and speed dial bookmarks found in the regular version of APUS Browser.
Download APUS Browser Turbo at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apusapps.browser.turbo
Next Browser is a lightweight browser made by the same company which makes the popular Go Launcher homescreen app which is a lightweight launcher which works fast even on older and slower Google Android devices. Next Browser is a simple web browser which has tabs, news reader with offline news reading support for reading news articles from many different websites about news, cars, technology, and lifestyle, private web browsing, speed dial bookmarks, bookmarks manager, bookmark import from Google Chrome, Facebook, and Google Plus, built-in web search for websites, images, videos, and news, Night time reading mode, extensions/plug-in support and voice recognition. Next is only 3.9 M in size, and work with Google Android 2.2 and up.
UC Browser Mini is a fast, and lightweight tab web browser. It also features a data saving mode which compresses images, and websites to help you save data when you browse the web with UC Mini. UC Mini also has tabs, download manager, navigational cards, incognito private browsing, speed dial bookmarks, text-only browsing mode, cloud online downloads, night mode, QR Code, Free Disk, Save Page, Text-Only, Full Screen, Data Usage, Check Network, and a built-in video player for playing online videos from sites like YouTube, and the video player has touch gestures to control the sound volume, and brightness, of the video. UC Mini is 1.3M in size, and works with Google Android 2.1 and up.
CM Browser is made by Cheetah Mobile which also makes the popular Clean Master System Utility program for Google Android. CM Browser is a lightweight, and fast web tab browser which also helps protects Google Android from visiting scam, fraud, and virus infected sites because CM Browser has a built-in antivirus feature which also scans downloaded files for viruses. It also has voice search, nice animations, speed dial bookmarks, history, page translator, Gesture control for video playback, private incognito browsing mode, user agent changer, do not track, and web page pre-loading feature for faster load times. It is 1.69MB in size, and works on Google Android 4.0 and up.
Maxthon Cloud is a feature rich tab web browser which has many online features like tab, and bookmark sync to other devices with Maxthon installed on it. There is Cloud Push which sends pictures, text, website links, tabs to your other devices with Maxthon installed on it, or sending content by e-mail or text sms message. You can also backup your downloads with cloud downloads which uploads your downloads to your Maxthon account. Maxthon also supports Adobe Flash, private browsing, add-ons, Sharing, bookmarks, speed dial bookmarks, avatar in browser, touch action gestures, and text reflow. There is a NewsBites speed dial news readers which downloads website articles from different websites for you to read in a easy to read text and picture format. The News Reader also has offline reading support. One of Maxthon’s nicest features is its Reader Mode which allows you to read articles on websites like a document file where there is just text, video, and pictures to make reading less distracting on smaller screens like a smartphone. To use all the features in Maxthon, you need to sign-up for a free Maxthon account on its website. Maxthon is 9.8M in size, and works on Google Android 2.2 and up.
iLunascape is a light web browser which is designed to be used comfortably on a smartphone where most of the controls are at the bottom, so you don’t have to move your fingers much to perform different tasks in it. You can also save websites for offline reading by saving the website as a .htm or Jpeg file. iLunascape also has sharing options to share links to social networks, and backup downloaded files to Dropbox online storage. iLunascape also features Bookmark syncing from Firefox or your iLunascape browser, bookmarks manager, Security website seal in browser, and text highlighting in articles on websites. iLunascape is 2.3MB in size, and works on Google Android 2.2 and up.
Boat Browser Mini is a simple tab web browser which has most of the basic features you need in a mobile web browser. It’s user interface is simple, and clean which makes it easy to use on smaller smartphone screens. It also has speed dial bookmarks, homescreen bookmarks, save page to read offline, fullscreen browsing mode, touch action gestures, flash support, fullscreen browsing mode, nightmode, user agent changer, custom colored themes, in-page search engine, screenshot, mobile view, history, and floating tabs/windows built-into Boat Mini Browser. Boat Browser is 3.2MB in size, and works with Google Android 2.1 and up.
Mercury is one of the most popular light Apple iOS tab web browser with online bookmark syncing. Mercury has plugins for taking screenshots, translating pages, reading websites, wi-fi transfer, text search, downloads, code viewer, and more. It also has a user agent changer, Start-up Passcode, File Synchronization, File manager, night reading mode, private browsing mode, one click privacy cleaner, image blocking, brightness controls, font size, speed dials, themes, touch gesture controls, fullscreen web browsing, and more. Mercury Browser is 23MB in size, and works for Google Android 2.3.3 and up.
Dolphin Browser Mini
Dolphin Browser Mini is the lightweight version of Dolphin Browser which is a very popular third-party mobile web browser for Google Android. Dolphin Mini has most of the features of Dolphin Browser. Dolphin Mini has web browser tabs, speed dial bookmarks, regular bookmarks, Bookmark import, and backup, Google Bookmark Sync, touch gestures for doing different web browser tasks, fullscreen web browsing mode, incognito private browsing, plug-in support, support for mobile video, RSS Detection, Flash Support for Froyo, save page, in-page text search engine, screenshot, user agent changer from Android, iPhone, Desktop, etc to change its user agent, screen brightness control, and more. It’s user interface is similar to Dolphin Browser, and other web browsers, so it is easy to learn how to learn. I like that the non-fullscreen user interface uses very little screen space, but it is still easy to switch tab pages, enter a website link, and go to my bookmarks. Websites run quickly in Dolphin Mini, and Dolphin Mini is very fast. The full screen user interface has the gesture button for quickly drawing gestures to do web browser actions in Dolphin, and there are transparent back, and forward buttons to make web browsing simple even in full screen mode. Pressing the menu button brings up the tab, address bar, and setting bar.
Dolphin Browser’s App size is 1.1MB in, and it works with Google Android 1.6 and up.
Baidu Browser Mini
Baidu mini is a tab web browser which has speed dial bookmarks, bookmarks, downloads manager, history, private browsing mode, text only browsing mode, touch gestures, windows animation, and simple to use user interface. Baidu Browser Mini is 1.2 MB in size, and works with Google Android 2.2 and up.
Javelin web browser is a small web browser which is fast, and has a nice features like book mark sync from Google Chrome, Reading mode, tabs, full-screen browsing, private browsing mode, and password manager. It has True multi-tasking which can open web-pages on top of your apps (without changing apps). Javelin Browser uses 11 MB of storage, and works with Google Android 4.0 and up.
Atlas Web Browser
Easy Browser Free is a small lightweight tab web browser with bookmarks, bookmarks import, history, address bar web search, view page Source/HTML codes, fullscreen webview, proxy support, read mode, and notification status bar shortcut to quickly launch Easy Browser. It uses the default webkit/chromium engine, so Easy Browser should run very fast, and lightly on most Google Android devices. Easy Browser uses 985K of storage space, and works with Google Android 2.2 and up.
Light Browser is a simple, fast, and simple to use web browser with features like tab web browsing, Gallery view, bookmarks, bookmarks manager, History, sharing, find on page, and screenshots. It also does not use a lot of screen space, so more space is available for viewing a website on Google Android’s screen. Light is 372K in file size, and works on Google Android 2.1 and up.
TextBrowser is a web browser which only displays text, and text links so websites load quickly, , and less system resources like RAM, CPU, and storage space. This is the best web browser for very slow Internet connections. You can change the background , text, and link color, and you can also use external font files. There are some simple gestures to focus on the URL/Search bar by Long pressing on menu button, and In fullscreen, swipe at a short on top will show the status bar and URL/Search bar. TextBrowser uses 411K of storage space, and works on Google Android 2.3 and up.
Link Bubble Browser is not a traditional browser with an address bar, bookmarks, and tabs. Link Bubble a very basic web browser which just displays a website by loading it in a bubble. The browser only loads the website in a Window, and the Window just displays the website. It also has a Bubble which you use to share, close, and open the link in another browser by moving the bubble to the Browser, share, or close bubble located on the top and bottom of your screen. There are settings in Link Bubble to change the user agent to default, desktop, tablet, and smartphone to show different versions of the website if a website has a mobile and tablet theme installed on its site. You launch websites with Link Bubble by clicking on website links on Apps like Google Play, RSS Readers, and News readers. You can also launch websites in Link Bubble by using the built-in sharing features on Apps like web browsers, and news readers to share links with Link Bubble which will tell Link Bubble to open a link you shared with it from another app. There are also power saving options, bubble theme changer, and Auto expand Bubble after finish loading. The free version of Link Bubble can only open one link at a time while the paid version can open 2 or more link bubbles. I sometimes use Link Bubble when a website does not show me a mobile website template, but I know one exists because there is a mobile website for Android smartphones and iPhones. When I use Link Bubble where I set the user agent to Chrome Phone, Link Bubble will show me the mobile site which some browsers do not show because they show me the desktop site instead. Link Bubble Browser is 2.3 MB in Size, and works with Google Android 4.1 and up.
Light Fast Free Private Google Android Mobile Web Browsers
Private web browsers are web browsers which help protect your online and offline web browsing history by deleting history and private browsing data after you exited the browser, disable tracking cookies and scripts, and hide your identity by using proxies, and other ways to hide your identity online.
Orweb: Private Web Browser
Private Internet Browser
Private Browser is a tabbed web browser which deletes all browsing data like cookies, history, and cache file once you close Private browser. Private Browser is based on Lightning Browser which is a fast, and lightweight tab browser for Google Android. It can also view PDF with Google Viewer. You can also set Private Browser to close when your device’s screen is off with its new CloseOnStop features which you can turn on by going to the settings by long pressing a hidden button on the right of the address bar. The password for the settings is password. Private Browser is 190K in size, and works on Google Android 2.2 and up.
Dolphin Zero is a small private web browser which deletes private browsing data including browsing history, cache, passwords and cookies after you exit Dolphin Zero. It is also set to Do-Not-Track, so you are won’t be tracked online by sites who follow the Do-Not-Track rules. Dolphin Zero also does not store, collect, or share your Browser History, Form Data, Input Data, Passwords, Cached Data and Files, Favicons, User Address Book, Cookies, and Location Information on its web browser. Dolphin Zero file size is 586K, and works with Google Android 2.2 and up.
InBrowser – Incognito Web Browser
InBrowser is a incognito private browser with with TOR with the TOR Orbot App installed and video support . When you exit InBrowser, your history, cookies, and sessions will be deleted automatically. It also has support for Flash with the Adobe flash app. It also has tabs, a simple user interface, user agent changer, and file downloads support. It also works with the LastPass Password manager app for filling in username, and passwords in web forms. InBrowser works with Google Android 2.1 and above.
Ghostery started out as a web browser add-on for Firefox, Google Chrome, and other web browsers. Using Ghostery makes it simple for you to hide yourself from tracking cookies, tracking scripts, and location, and identity tracking. You also could improve the speed of your web browsing by disabling unwanted tracking scripts from loading in your web browser. Ghostery Google Android web browser lets you browse in private mode, and disable tracking cookies, and scripts which you do not want tracking you. Ghostery Browser for Google Android also has tabs, history, bookmarks, history, request desktop site, and sharing features. Ghostery is 2.0MB in size, and works with Google Android 4.03 and up.
There are a lot of good alternative lightweight web browsers for Google Android which run faster than many popular most downloaded and used web browsers. Most of these lightweight web browser has features like tabs, password save, flash support, bookmarks, user agent changer, HTML5 support, and privacy enhancement features which users used on a daily basis. A lot of these web browsers which I listed should run well even on slower tablets, and smartphones which run older versions of Google Android like 2.1 and up.
I mainly use Naked Browser on my tablet since I mostly use my web browser to visit my favorite sites which I have bookmarked in Naked Browser. Naked Browser opens up quickly, fully loads websites in seconds, scrolls smoothly, has tabs, and rarely crashes, and freezes when I visit most of my favorite websites on the internet with Naked Browser. It also lets me use a custom website search engine like Dogpile by adding in the search keyword URL in to the Search settings which is a feature which is not found on many other mobile web browser. It is also easy to switch to full screen mode and access my bookmarks by swiping left from my screen.
I sometimes use Opera Mini as well when the internet or wifi connection is very slow where loading a big websites which can be many MBs in size, and take many seconds to download on a slower internet wifi connection.
What is your favorite fast running lightweight Google Android web browser?