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[APP 3.0+] Lucid Browser [OPEN SOURCE] [3/19/17]

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salmanfarisy

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Jan 15, 2015
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So this is basically nothing more than a shell for the Android System Webview (actually Chrome itself in Android N+)? I have a hard time believing this could bring many real-world performance improvements over Chrome, which itself is already a rather light-weight shell. The vast majority of the memory usage is coming from the Webview. Have you done any actual performance measurements? Aside from syncing, what other features does this lack that could give any noticeable improvement?

The most important feature in any browser (aside from it being open source) is the ability to install standard extensions like uBlock, so I'll definitely be sticking with Firefox for now.

I don't know about Android 7+ but I always disable Chrome in phone(s). There are browsers better than Chrome with more features even when they are all using the same Android Webview.

As for extension, there is no such thing like standard extensions. Extensions are browser specific. Ublock for example, it depends on ublock's developers to support Firefox only and not other browsers.
 

hackel

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Sep 14, 2011
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I don't know about Android 7+ but I always disable Chrome in phone(s). There are browsers better than Chrome with more features even when they are all using the same Android Webview.

That may be true, but the point of this particular browser is to have less features, not more, is it not? To be as lean/fast as possible? I'm not trying to defend Chrome here, just questioning the real advantage. Probably 95% of Chrome is actually the Android Webview. That's why they even have the same version numbers. Chrome, like Lucid, is just a lightweight shell around that. This point is driven home by the fact that in Android 7+, Android Webview is actually *disabled* and the any apps that use the Webview API are actually using it from the installed version of Chrome. I'm not sure what happens if you disable Chrome in that case--perhaps then the original Android Webview gets re-enabled.

As for extension, there is no such thing like standard extensions. Extensions are browser specific. Ublock for example, it depends on ublock's developers to support Firefox only and not other browsers.

That's not really true. Firefox supports the WebExtensions API that is mostly compatible with Chrome's Blink. That allows you to write extensions that work on both browsers. Much of the code in uBlock is actually the same between the Firefox and Chrome versions. This is what is was referring to, even if it's not technically a standard yet, we're getting there. Unfortunately, browsers that use Android Webview (instead of, say, a custom-compiled Chromium runtime), are still not able to install these kinds of extensions.
 

salmanfarisy

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That may be true, but the point of this particular browser is to have less features, not more, is it not? To be as lean/fast as possible? I'm not trying to defend Chrome here, just questioning the real advantage. Probably 95% of Chrome is actually the Android Webview. That's why they even have the same version numbers. Chrome, like Lucid, is just a lightweight shell around that. This point is driven home by the fact that in Android 7+, Android Webview is actually *disabled* and the any apps that use the Webview API are actually using it from the installed version of Chrome. I'm not sure what happens if you disable Chrome in that case--perhaps then the original Android Webview gets re-enabled.



That's not really true. Firefox supports the WebExtensions API that is mostly compatible with Chrome's Blink. That allows you to write extensions that work on both browsers. Much of the code in uBlock is actually the same between the Firefox and Chrome versions. This is what is was referring to, even if it's not technically a standard yet, we're getting there. Unfortunately, browsers that use Android Webview (instead of, say, a custom-compiled Chromium runtime), are still not able to install these kinds of extensions.

I was Firefox user until I realized all extensions I installed are available in lighter, faster, webview based browser: adblock, block image, block javascript, web screenshot, etc. Firefox tries to make things simpler by removing useful features : separated reading list with capability to mark as read/unread. They removed my favorite too: include URL when sharing selected text.

Anyway, thank you. I didn't know if Chrome for Android supports extensions.
 

powerpoint45

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Jan 31, 2012
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Lucid Browser and Lucid Browser Pro have been updated. GitHub was also updated with latest code and APK. Enjoy!

★Bug fixes, general changes and improvements
★Export bookmarks to file
★Import Bookmarks from file
★New default search engine (Ecosia: plant trees while you search)
★New local homepages. Updated UI
★Many general changes and improvements
★UI improvements
★Bookmarks are sorted in alphabetical order.
★Localization updates
★Bug fixes

GITHUB

https://github.com/powerpoint45/Lucid-Browser

DOWNLOAD
Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.powerpoint45.lucidbrowser

Play Store (Donate Version): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.powerpoint45.lucidbrowserpro

GitHub APK: https://github.com/powerpoint45/Lucid-Browser/blob/master/APK/LucidBrowser.apk (1/29/17)
 

powerpoint45

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Jan 31, 2012
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Lucid Browser and Lucid Browser Donate (5.41) has just been updated as well as the GitHub. Here are the changes:
★Local browser homepages updated
★Search suggestions in browser bar include saved bookmarks
★Translation updates. Thanks translators!
★General changes & UI

DOWNLOAD
Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.powerpoint45.lucidbrowser

Play Store (Donate Version): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.powerpoint45.lucidbrowserpro

GitHub APK: https://github.com/powerpoint45/Lucid-Browser/blob/master/app/app-release.apk (3/19/17)

SOURCE
This app is free and open source. At the time it is not very well documented but that will be improved soon. Here you can find the source: https://github.com/powerpoint45/Lucid-Browser

G+ COMMUNITY
Google + link

Enjoy
 
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m0ndul

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Sep 26, 2012
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Barranquilla
Hi, liked this lightweight browser so I got the donation version. The only thing I would like to ask is a switch for disabling autoplay videos.

Thanks for your app

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