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App Review – Lighting Browser, Light, Small but it’s Fast

When it comes to Android Browsers there is a plethora of them for the Android OS. We have all the big singing and dancing ones like Dolphin, Chrome, Opera and Firefox to name just four. Then you have the small lightweight ones that only have the essentials required for a browser.


Lighting Browser is by all definitions a lightweight browser weighing in at 200k. At present it’s only for Tablets, it is not optimized for smartphone at present.
Creator XDA senior member anthonycr said:

This is my most major app release to date and I’m proud of my work.

And so he should be. Many users are far too quick to moan about the lack of certain features when, if they just look and read that this is a lightweight browser, maybe they will not be to quick to moan about it.
Lighting Browser uses the native browser engine found in Android OS which is one reason it’s so light. I also like that fact that Adobe flash is supported, among the features listed below.
Make no mistake this is a high performance lightweight browser. On the Navigation side I like the Long-press a tab to delete it, and the, Long-press the back button to exit the browser. At the moment it only supports five open tabs but, remember this is still a work-in-progress.

The features include:

  • Holo Interface
  • Supports Froyo to JellyBean
  • Tabbed Internet Browsing
  • Fast Start Times
  • Small Footprint
  • Supports Adobe Flash Player
  • Fast Browsing
  • Smooth Scrolling
  • Higher Benchmarks than Chrome (tested on a Nexus 7)
  • Supports flash

Permissions Explanation

  • permission.INTERNET – Obviously needed to access the internet :P
  • permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE – Needed for downloading files
  • permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE – Needed for downloading files
  • permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION – Needed for sites that want your location (you can deny location access)

Not forgetting this is Free on Google Play Store,link below.

While I use Chrome for most of my browsing, taking advantage of my many bookmarks I do like using small lightweight browsers if I just want to have a quick look at a page. Using Lighting Browser I’ve opened up the page before Chrome has itself loaded! Saving quite a lot of time. As a “Work-in Progress” anthonycr has said they more updates and some key features that need to be implemented. At present there is no bookmark support, but earmarked in future releases. There will also be theming options, along with custom user agent string support. Lightning Browser is also optimized for tablets, but not yet for smartphones. All these issues will be coming in future updates.

[rating rating=”4″] [appaware-app pname=’acr.browser.barebones’]

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Semi-Retired. Love writing about all things techie. My first computer was a NCR 386 pulled from a main frame at the NCR development center used for ATM design in Dundee.