Next Browser hands-on: GO Launcher team customizes the web

May 28, 2013
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The GO Launcher Dev Team recently updated the Next Browser and while we hadn't been spending lots of time with this browser in the past, this latest update arrived as one that was hard to ignore. The Next Browser has been updated to v1.0 and plenty of new features have been added. Not to mention, having recently spent some time browsing the Play Store comments and well, we had to install the app and spend some time playing around.

That being said, some of the new features may sound familiar to those who are still using other browsers. The Next Browser now includes everything from an Opera-like speed dial to browser extensions, bookmark sync and more. The feature list includes the following;

  • Custom Speed Dial
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Easy Search
  • Next Voice
  • Next View
  • Browser Extentions
  • Bookmark Sync

Basically, the Next Browser has the features that many will want and/or expect with a mobile browsing experience. Whether that will translate into a large userbase remains to be seen. We can say that in our experience, the Next Browser appears fast and smooth. Pages load quickly and the navigation is easy. The browser launches to the speed dial page, which can be edited and customized. From this page you also have quick access to other open tabs (top left), searching with text or voice (centered) and your menu (top right).

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The menu drops down with everything from navigation buttons to extensions, downloads, settings and more. The default extensions include Evernote and Pocket and the settings page offers everything from being able to adjust your search engine preference to your user agent. The settings are also where the more basic items such as setting the path for downloads, the default browser and bookmark sync can be adjusted and configured.

From the main speed dial page a swipe to the right will take you to the top sites section which offers a thumbnail for your most visited pages as well as a list of recent tabs. A swipe to the left will take you to the Next View section which offers a look at news stories which are broken down by category.

All said and done, we are happy to have taken a look and while this may not replace our go to use of Chrome, we will likely be keeping the Next Browser around as a backup. Not to mention, as a browser to watch as things move forward. Basically, Next Browser 1.0 is a solid option to consider and if you have yet to check it out, you may want to give it a look.

SOURCE: Google Play Store


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  • Daniel Zergo

    It looks very simmilar to Firefox and Chrome browser. Nothing new.
    I recommend to try MiniBrowser Beta. This is speady fast and simple, nice interface + supporting Flash player and AdBlock. It looks very like Dolphin but I think a bit faster.