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  1. kblanco

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    I'm curious to know which mobile browser you'd recommend using? I've been using Dolphin, which has been fine (great even) but after a recent update it has begun crashing repeatedly. I've been doing my research and I've been learning that if I turn off the Ad Blocking setting then it won't crash as often if at all (but then you're left open to the screen entirety ads among other things). I've also been learning that Dolphin isn't so great with privacy and data mining (correct?). I tried uninstalling Dolphin 12.0.2 and going with an older version from the XDA site but alas there's been little to no improvement.

    So I've been looking at other browsers. I know to stay away from CM, the Cheetah Mobile browser, but what else is out there? I'm thinking about the stock Chrome browser that all Android devices come with but really don't care for it which is why I found Dolphin in the first place. I like the Samsung browser which I've seen in the Play Store and gave a test drive to. I also like Opera...

    Also of interest. Apparently Dolphin is able to access my Google account and rebuild itself after a fresh install, whether I've uninstalled it and then installed it again or switched devices. This has been very helpful and allowed me to just pick up where I left off, but I've also become invested in the Dolphin ecosystem and it seems to be the only browser that'll access this. I'd like to just pull my favorites from one browser to another. Chrome won't do this, when I sign in I get an amalgamation of what's on the PC version of Chrome for both the computers I use at work and at home... I really don't want the two to commingle as there's stuff on both that I don't want on my mobile, and needless to say if I save a favorite on my mobile I don't want it showing up at work for unknowledgable eyes to possibly see.

    So any help would be appreciated...
     

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    Whatever he said.
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    I've always been a dolphin guy myself for my everyday browser. I've known they collect data. There used to be a way too turn that off on a rooted phone by changing something in root settings. It hasn't worked on this phone though so I just took that as send them random stuff. I'm pretty sure they don't see your passwords or anything, just the porn you look at. Anywho dolphin's been crashing for me a lot too lately. I'm going more forward chrome and puffin ;)
     
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    I don't use "free" Chinese web browsers like Dolphin myself, really because I don't want the PRC govt. seeing what I'm looking at through my VPN.
     
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    Dolphin's Chinese? Thanks for letting me know. I'll hide my adult entertainment from them from now on :oops:
     
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    Dolphin's web page states it's being developed by Mobotap, a California company, and there's also a referral to its primary funding, Sequoia Capital, a venture capital company also based in California. Am I missing some kind of creepy tie in to China???
    https://dolphin.com/#contact
    https://dolphin.com/about/company-faq/

    Regrading the OP's query, I'll just toss in my default browser, Firefox. It's my weapon of choice on my desktop and laptop to interact with the ever-increasing privacy and security failures in the Internet so it fits in nicely with my phone too.
     
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    Yeh..dolphin.com is registered to Bei Jing Bai Na Xin Xi Ji Shu You Xian Gong Si, which is the Dolphin company in Beijing. Discussion about privacy of Dolphin browser and where it actually comes from has been discussed before on AF. It is a Chinese company with international ventures I think, and "Mobotap" in California aren't too keen on letting everyone know where they actually come from AFAICT.

    Other "free" Chinese browsers I know are DU Browser(Baidu), UC Browser(Guangzhou UC Mobile Ltd), CM Browser(Cheetah Mobile) and 360 Browser(Qihoo).

    I've been using Firefox myself, with the AdBlock Plus add-on.
     
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    Chrome no issues
     
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    Yeah I'm there with you. I've become really enamored with Dolphin and know my way forward and backwards. I figured that Dolphin datamined for someone one, not surprised that it's Chinese like you say. But I don't do anything on Dolphin that'd be a violation of my privacy unless they want to know my passwords to Android Forums, Android Authority or some such.

    I'm leaning towards Opera but am open-minded about other browsers. I just want something that's stable. Maybe Dolphin will get its act together...
     
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    Well Opera is owned by a Chinese company as well now.

    I still have a soft spot for Naked Browser. Won't win any aesthetic awards, but it's tiny, fast and I trust it. I used to like Ghostery, but that's not had a lot of maintenance lately and it shows (i.e. it's not very stable on my Pixel 2/Android 8).

    Chrome is fast, but it's very Google, including insisting that it knows what I want on my home page even after I've used every "hidden" trick on the web to disable it's making these choices for me (I hate companies who think they know what I want better than I do and won't even provide a setting for me to tell them they are wrong).

    Firefox was too slow on my old phone, but the new one can handle it fine. I'm trying out the beta version at the moment - not quite as fast as NB or Chrome, but more configurable than either and with a wide range of add-ons.

    Syncing bookmarks between mobile and desktop is not one of my requirements, so I can't comment on that.
     
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    Syncing bookmarks between mobile and desktop is not one of my requirements, so I can't comment on that.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, I have to admit that syncing isn't the end all be all. I mean I can just as easily create a new account in Opera or Firefox (which I'm on now as I'm evaluating it) and move my Favorites over URL by URL. It just would've been nice to login and they all be there is all. I don't know how Dolphin being a non-Google browser does it...
     
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    Thoughts on Firefox anyone. I'm on it now for mobile to evaluate it and it doesn't appear half bad... Can't find the ad blocker yet, but have only seen one ad so far...
     
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    Firefox, Samsung Browser and Via are my main stayers. Firefox for privacy, Samsung Browser for that epic contrast mode and Via for opening Google Now Feed since its small and fast. Just stay away from the likes of UC, CM and Next Browser.
     
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    Seriously what do you think of the Samsung browser? I like it and am thinking about either Opera, Firefox or Samsung. I figure either of the three will be routinely updated. I'm not so much concerned about data mining me because I don't do anything "confidential" on my browser. They'd just know I like the electronics magazines and politics if they were ever curious...
     

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