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rhames
Oct 21, 2013

Which android browser has the smallest footprint?

I’m using an Android phone with limited internal storage, and Chrome takes up a huge amount of space. What is a good browser for Android devices that doesn’t require a lot of storage?

jimlynch
10/25/2013
This article might be useful.

Android Browser Faceoff: Speed, Features, and Usability
http://lifehacker.com/5785273/android-faceoff-which-browser-wins-out-on-...

"One of the many nice things about Android is that you can install your own essential apps, like a browser, as your better default option. But do third-party alternatives like Firefox, Opera, or Dolphin actually deliver a better browser? In many cases, yes. Here's how.

For a lighter kind of mobile browser test, I used some of the same protocols as we use with our full browser speed tests, such as the recent Firefox 4/IE 9 showdown. First, I wiped my Nexus One phone, running Android 2.3, for a fresh start. For JavaScript testing, I used Mozilla's Dromaeo suit, which combines elements of the SunSpider test from Webkit, V8 from Google, and other elements to provide a good overview of a browser's scripting prowess. I wiped out caches and lots of rebooting to test the "cold start" of each browser.

Mobile browsers are somewhat limited in other testing abilities, though, and I need to make a deeper study of Android's memory management before claiming to report each browser's usage. Beyond that kind of actual testing, I shuttled between five different browsers over the last 48 hours, trying to get a feel for when they're useful, when they're not, and what sets them apart. Those browsers were (with Market links):"
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kreiley
10/22/2013

Opera Mini is under 1Mb, and also happens to be a pretty good browser. Dolphin Mini is a little larger, but is also a good choice. I actually prefer Dolphin Mini, but if you are bumping up against the limits of your internal storage, Opera Mini might be the way to go. You can get either for free from Google Play. 

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