[APP][6.0+] Fishpowered browser - less bull, more cat

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Hey everyone. I'm the developer behind Fishpowered browser. I've been working on this in my spare time for the past couple of years and am starting to feel more comfortable in sharing my progress!

Here are some reviews from the Play store to whet your appetite...

This is THE BROWSER! There is simply nothing like it out there! I'm a geek obsessed browser lover and I cannot believe it! It has it all! Speed, customisation, takes very little space! And the cats on top of all as if it wasn't enough with just being the best there is!
Epic!! Developers might have gone and made the best browser app for Android. Customisation options are great.
Im absolutely blown away how good this browser is, and its super user friendly. And I really love the gestures. Keep up the awesome work.
I've totally just over hyped it but I needed your attention. This is actually my first android app (I'm a web dev by trade) and my technical abilities don't match my ambition yet, but it's getting a little closer with every release!

Why should you care about Fishpowered browser?
There are browser conventions that are widespread and probably shouldn't be e.g. UI layouts that require hand gymnastics, "bookmarks", browsing history etc. I've tried to re-design everything with a fresh pair of eyes.

What are my motivations?
  • Having a successful project
  • Building something that protects my privacy and lets me uninstall many other apps on my phone
  • Making a browser that gets rid of all the spammy cr*p you see on sites these days
  • Helping people out with internet addiction and responsible internet/phone usage. This is not something that's actually in the browser yet (I've been trying to build a solid base first) but is coming in the future and I have some interesting ideas for it.
  • Making a browser that works well with one hand
  • Making a browser that's good for language learning (I'm trying to learn Finnish)

How do I make money?
I don't. There is zero ads/spyware/crapware and there never will be. If it ever gets really popular (maybe 100k+ active users? I dunno haha) I would monetise it by selling themes and accepting donations. Nothing that compromises anyone's privacy. But I only have a few hundred users so I guess that's not likely to ever happen.

Is it open source?
Nope, not while it's still being developed. You can follow the development and see the code on Twitch though (channel: fishpowered)

What's bad with it/still left to do?
It's built on the Android webview component which is essentially a wrapper for Chrome. This has the advantage that you get security updates instantly (whenever Chrome is updated) but also has some limitations as it wasn't really designed for being a full-on web browser. For example, I try to add a lot of context sensitive help e.g. if you select some metric/imperial unit in a recipe, it will convert the unit for you, but things like this won't work inside webpages that use iframes (e.g. Google AMP) because webviews can't view selections inside an iframe. Performance isn't amazing either, if you have an old device, you may struggle a bit.
Lastly there are some other things that could obviously be added/improved but simply don't make sense for me to spend time on yet if they will take ages or are very niche features, it's just me working on it in my spare time.

Features



DOWNLOAD LATEST FROM GOOGLE PLAY STORE (RECOMMENDED)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fishpowered.best.browser&hl=en

Official APK downloads (note: I have only provided downloads for Fishpowered on here and Google Play Store so use other sources at your own risk)
APK download v1.5.0
APK download v1.4.3
APK download v1.3.3

Thanks everyone and please be gentle, plenty more to come!
 
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hus.ter

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Recommendations

Ability to import bookmarks
Ability to not play videos instantly when page opened(site settings)
When typing an address of a site that visited before, whole address of that site can appear in the address bar
When typing something in address bar, search results should be positioned below the middle of the screen, close to the address bar(to help one hand usage)
When using swipe up to close a tab, it should also check the swipe speed/distance of finger, instead of checking only swiped-to position in order to make fast but short distance swipes work
 
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Thanks for the feedback. Most of this was already on my todo list. The bottom alignment of the search results is tricky though without completely changing how the speed dial works as those screens show all sorts of things and the point is u can filter those as well, not just the suggestions. I will try to improve it as I obviously want it to work on phones with tall screens too
 
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1.3.3 released to Google play store and I've added an APK download in the OP as I've noticed it popping up on random sites that have nothing to do with me.

Changelog:
- [Enhancement] Photo upload support
- [Enhancement] Added button bindings for: find in page tool, full screen mode, close app
- [Enhancement] Over-scroll tab animations
- [Enhancement] Translation improvements
- [Enhancement] Long pressing what's hot item gives you option to add to faves or clear history for domain
- [Enhancement] Long pressing fave item gives you option to edit or delete
- [Enhancement] Support for translated tutorials
- [Enhancement] Performance enhancements to tab scrolling
- [Enhancement] Turkish translations
- [Bug] Disabled downloading to view "Saved for later" items offline as no longer works with webview
- [Bug] Fixed swipe priorities so edge swipe gestures and tab swiping work better at the same time e.g edge swipes for navigating back/forward*+ center swipes for changing tabs
- [Bug] Fixed crash from TTS not being available on certain devices
- [Bug] Fixed image uploads not working if choosing image from child app
- [Bug] Fixed startpage.com results not showing clearly in history
- [Bug] Fixed tab bullet hints being shown when using edge swiping for means other than changing tabs
- [Bug] Fixed long pressing tab thumbs not copying URL
- [Bug] Fixed selected text Share and Search buttons not working perfectly in iframes+foreign languages
- [Bug] Fixed tab hints occasionally getting stuck on the screen if link opened when keyboard was opened
 

MrRoy3

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Great browser, been using it as my main browser for 2 days and it works well, sans packed with nice features.

Only issue I've encountered so far is that LastPass isn't working properly. Instead of detecting which website I'm browsing, LastPass only detects the browser itself (eg. Fish powered) so it doesn't propose any password for the site I'm on.
 
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Great browser, been using it as my main browser for 2 days and it works well, sans packed with nice features.

Only issue I've encountered so far is that LastPass isn't working properly. Instead of detecting which website I'm browsing, LastPass only detects the browser itself (eg. Fish powered) so it doesn't propose any password for the site I'm on.
I've submitted a bug report to Google. Unfortunately the autofill API doesn't work and the console log gives me no useful indication as to why and documentation is scarce. You might be able to workaround this by pinning your current tab to the mini window and then trying from there as it least in the preview window the autofill works with Google's default autofill
 

MrRoy3

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I've submitted a bug report to Google. Unfortunately the autofill API doesn't work and the console log gives me no useful indication as to why and documentation is scarce. You might be able to workaround this by pinning your current tab to the mini window and then trying from there as it least in the preview window the autofill works with Google's default autofill
I was having the same issue with Vivaldi browser for Android. I looked on their forums and they have a thread regarding this. The devs on there have talked about this same issue and apparantly it's not something easy to fix... Here's the thread, if it has any value to you :
https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/40036/lastpass/20

Specifically in the last page:
In order to support Android Autofill API, we need to get on Android's compatibility list. How to get on this list is something the team has been trying to figure out, but we've exhausted quite a few options without much success.
 

imakul8

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The issue with not restoring the session when leaving incognito mode is fixed in v1.4.0 (hopefully out in the next 2 or 3 weeks). I found a workaround :)
Thank you bruh. I understand that you are still learning. I would like the ability to drag and drop tabs. Also, could you make the option to make tabs smaller so we can fit more than 3? I will now go to donate.:D
 
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1.4.0 Released! Will be available on Google Play Store in the next 1-7 days (once it gets approved).

Alternatively, check the OP for apk download although if you are already installed using the play store it is recommended to stay on that.

Full changelog...

## 1.4.0 (2020-11-15)

- [Feature] Bookmark import/export
- [Feature] Faves can be pinned to speed dial + home screen
- [Feature] Back button (long press) can now be rebound
- [Feature] Faves under a tag can now be removed along with the tag
- [Feature] Button bindings for: view downloads, open site settings
- [Feature] Italian translations
- [Feature] Time bar can now be displayed in full screen mode
- [Feature] Cyber+Muted themes
- [Enhancement] Updated dependencies to latest versions (incl. switch to Google Crashlytics)
- [Enhancement] Pinch zoom working on all pages (enabled in settings)
- [Enhancement] Tab thumbs now stored in cache dir so can be cleared for space
- [Enhancement] Session cookies now restored when leaving incognito mode
- [Enhancement] Speed dial icons don't shrink in size when opening speed dial+keyboard on tall phones
- [Enhancement] Performance enhancements
- [Enhancement] Site offline pages now translated
- [Enhancement] Added tips about navigating forward/restoring tabs
- [Enhancement] New translation mode that should work a bit better on dynamic sites (old one available by long pressing translate button)
- [Enhancement] Easy reach mode is removed more easily when scrolling down
- [Bug] Fixed pressing <3 button on address bar multiple times causing multiple faves to be saved
- [Bug] Fixed infinite loading Listen mode if TTS errors
- [Bug] Fixed stopping TTS in incognito mode causing memory leak/lag
- [Bug] Fixed "page menu unassigned" showing in settings if it was bound to a long press action
- [Bug] Fixed saved for later icon/caption displaying incorrectly when selecting links
- [Bug] Disabled RTL mode until I can fix it properly
- [Bug] Fixed 100+ tabs showing 10
- [Bug] Fixed "clear tabs on close" not removing tab thumbnails
- [Bug] Fixed fave icon appearing over address in RTL layouts
- [Bug] Fixed inability to swipe from first/last tab in RTL layout
- [Bug] Fixed current tab bullet hint going a bit crazy in RTL layout
- [Bug] Fixed direction new tabs are opened in in RTL layout
- [Bug] Fixed page menu scroll hint in RTL layout
- [Bug] Fixed closing a tab that had been opened by an external link by swiping up causing app to minimise
- [Bug] Fixed selected tab bullet hint being incorrect when closing tabs
- [Bug] In incognito mode, duckduckgo won't be forced on user if they are already using another privacy focused search engine
- [Bug] Downloads are now organised by type, hopefully fixing the issue of files being hard to find on certain Android devices
- [Bug] Fixed swipe priorities so edge swipe gestures and tab swiping work better at the same time e.g edge swipes for navigating back/forward*+ center swipes for changing tabs
 
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1.4.1 Released, see original post for download, changelog btw.

## 1.4.1 (2020-12-10)

- [Feature] Ability to fave/download/search/open/share images that are also hyperlinks
- [Feature] Selecting email links and phone numbers now gives option to launch relevant app from context menu
- [Feature] New theme
- [Enhancement] Certain images can now be downloaded/faved that couldn't be faved before
- [Enhancement] Certain videos can now be long pressed and pinned/opened/shared/downloaded etc
- [Bug] Fixed crash from being unable to install TTS
- [Bug] Fixed local storage not being cleared when leaving incognito mode
- [Bug] Fixed telephone links not launcher dialer on certain devices
- [Bug] Hidden back press tips if using gesture navigation
- [Bug] Fixed night mode button being missing from youtube videos
- [Bug] Fixed override site zoom not working
 

gary776677

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what an awesome browser!

My thoughts:

1) needs setting to enable desktop mode by default. the desktop toggle always resets to OFF when you enter a new url. some websites detect the device and forces redirect to mobile site pages and doesn't allow desktop view.

2) backup and restore all active tabs and settings. for long term use and saving all actives tabs to say, an html file or plain text.

3) html content hide feature is awesome, very nice. dark mode is great.

4) more quick actions and customisations please :)

will keep on using daily to test and report on bugs.
 
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