Jio, India’s leading mobile data service provider, has launched a new browser app called JioBrowser on the Google Play Store. Although it’s a new application, JB has been well-received by the users. Can JB compete with Chrome, Firefox? Does it save mobile/WiFi data when you’re browsing the web? Here’s our honest review of the app:
The size of the JioBrowser app is around 4 megabytes. Thus, its installation won’t take much time. On startup, JB displays a presentation that explains its various features. You can skip the slides and start using JB straightaway. The interface of JioBrowser is the same as that of UCMini. The UI is divided into 3 sections. In the 1st section, you’ll see a search bar. Below the search bar, you’ll find a tabbed interface. Below the tabbed interface, the app features a status bar.
Let’s have a look at the various sections of the tabbed interface.
In the 1st tab, you’ll see the latest news from various sites. The news item features a rectangular thumbnail, category, and location.
The 2nd tab also displays news, but the stories are categorized. You can subscribe/unsubscribe to the categories.
The 3rd tab shows a list of popular videos published by news agencies/companies. You won’t find any Tik Tok, funny or controversial videos in this section.
The 4th tab contains the names and icons of popular websites in your country. This interface is read-only. You cannot change the icons’ order, nor can you add/remove links.
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Bookmark: The JioBrowser enables you to favorite a web page or the websites you find interesting or are worth bookmarking. You can categorize bookmarks in it.
Tabbed browsing: JioBrowser lets users open and manage tabs like other top mobile phone browsers.
Incognito: If users don’t want the browser to record their browsing history, they can switch to the incognito mode in JioBrowser. To browse in incognito mode, tap the tab icon of the bottom bar. Now, tap the incognito icon.
Languages: JioBrowser supports 8 local languages. The default language is English. You can change the language from the browser’s settings interface.
Other features of JB
JioBrowser has an option to clear cache, browser cookies, and other files it has saved on the phone. Thus, you don’t have to use a third-party junk file cleaner application. The browser app can download multiple files at once. It lets you manage the file download tasks.
Final thoughts: JioBrowser is a simple yet powerful app to browse the internet. Although JioBrowser doesn’t have ads and some features that you’ll find in Chrome & Firefox, it is worth using due to the following reasons:
- Intuitive user interface.
- Lightweight (low RAM and CPU consumption).
- Bookmark/Download Manager.
The only drawback of this application is that it doesn’t allow you to hide/disable the news feed. Maybe, the app has been developed for users who love reading news on websites. If you’re frustrated with UC Browser or other ad-laden browsers, try JioBrowser.
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