- Aug 28, 2020
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)
How can I trust this?
Good question which is unfortunately difficult to answer. As mentioned above I try to do a lot of coding on twitch. I also made a video where I download Fishpowered and the major anti-virus apps from the play store and ran through all the tests so you don't have to: www.twitch.tv/videos/877039346 If you watch the video you'll see why this would be incredibly hard for me to fake because of the infinite picture in picture.
Do not trust any download links outside of this post and Google play store as I have nothing to do with all those other APK sites.
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.
DOWNLOAD LATEST FROM GOOGLE PLAY STORE (RECOMMENDED)
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 v1.6.0 (beta 2)
APK download v1.5.2
APK download v1.5.0
APK download v1.4.3
APK download v1.3.3