I've been an official developer on the Chromium project and WebKit in 2007 and 2008 (paid by Google as part of Google Summer of Code).
In January I have started this little browser project, in April I have released the first public version.
Since the feedback has been positive, I'd like to interact with the XDA community to get feedback, ideas, or just give help.
I'm a big fan of CAF Browsers, but unfortunately, they are not updated anymore and this is one of the biggest reason I've started the work.
This is *not* a variant of an existing project. The codebase varies significantly but it's conceptually inspired by CAF.
The browser is still very much work-in-progress, so I really appreciate feedback and ideas. I'm working 4 hours per day on the browser and I use it myself every day since 3 months so decent stability is expected.
This is a hobby project, and I'm looking for feedback here, so I'm cool with any kind of critics.
I can only answer outside of daytime (Europe timezone) as I have to work during the day to buy food for my cats.
What is Kiwi Browser ?
- Kiwi Browser is a Chromium Canary that includes performance improvements and adblock.
- What's this browser for ?
Imagine a grumpy grand-pa, and that's how the browser should be. The browser should be forgotten and not go in your way.
No flashing stuff, no annoyances, Fast & Quiet.
There are no search engines baked-in except Google (simply because it's the most popular) and you don't need me to add one.
If you want to add a search engine, just go on the search engine website, then the search engine will appear by itself in settings.
* Speed improvements
I've added lot of crazy hacks inside WebKit (Blink) to get it running faster.
* Background play for YouTube and other websites
* Night mode
* Move address bar to the bottom
* Cookie acceptance
Automatically accepts lots of "Please this is GDPR, and cookie, and blablabla" messages.
It's not perfect yet, as many websites have added GDPR messages lately.
* Notifications blocker
* Cryptojacking blocker
Saving battery and prevents phone from heating.
Try it on http://www.coinhive.com (you can re-enable cryptomining in chrome://flags if you really like it for some reason )
This is not the usual popup blocker, there is an heuristic inside to browser to determine whether the new window should be opened or not.
* Adblock & Tracking protection
The browser offers much better privacy protection than Chrome and Brave. It blocks also lot of ads. Not really because ads are bad, but mostly to make the browsing fast.
If you are really worried about privacy or tracking, I can recommend you the excellent Bromite by @csagan5
* Android 4.1+ support for both ARM and X86
What is removed:
* Chrome Sync
First, Google doesn't allow Chrome Sync to be used by third-party browser.
Second, Google Sync sends your full history, bookmarks and passwords to servers which is totally not cool.
* Data Saver
Google doesn't allow to use their platform.
I'm working on a Turbo mode, but I'm not sure when it'll go out.
I don't have API key so I need to figure out another provider.
Progressively open-source at https://github.com/kiwibrowser/android
Hope you'll like it,
Anytime, let me know if you have ideas, suggestions, or if you see bugs,
I'll be happy to fix stuff specifically for XDA members.