Amazon’s Android Browser Won’t Take Up Much Space On Your Phone

Amazon released a “lite” version of a web browser for Android and called it Internet.

Amazon quietly released a web browser designed to consume less space on Android devices. Installing it will only take up 2MB of your storage space.

The browser, simply called Internet, was actually already available in the Google Play app store since March. It is not known why the retail giant has not publicly announced the launch.

According to the app’s description, the browser offers a private user experience as it does not collect any private data. This could be an attempt to take on other browsers like Firefox who also offer private browsing.

Additionally, the browser supports Private Tabs allowing users to surf the internet without having to worry about their browsing history.

Other features include tab previews, automatic full-screen mode and integrated news reader.

TechCrunch first spotted the app on Google Play and its feedback email points to Amazon India hinting that it could be meant for Indian users only. The listing shows that the app works with Android 5.0 and above. However, folks from Gadgets360 (India) were not able to download it on their devices running on Android 7.0.

Amazon is not the only company who has built “lite” versions of apps to cater to limited storage space and connectivity. Facebook has Facebook Lite and Messenger Light, while Google has their “Go” versions of the browser, YouTube, Files, etc. All these offer the same feature of the full apps but takes up less space.


Mozilla finally releases Firefox 10

The long wait is over.

Web browsing giant Mozilla has officially released the much awaited upgrade of their baby, the Firefox 10. This latest version of the open source browser has seen a lot of facelifts, improvements and features. In particular, the built in tools for web developers has seen a big boost.

Developers of the company have decided a year ago to transitioning the release of the Firefox 10. This new strategy would ensure better performance improvements and support for new web standards. This browser is the first official extended support release.

One of the biggest changes in the browser is its navigation bar. There is no longer a forward arrow button visible in the default navigation toolbar. It only appears when the user navigates a back page.

The keyhole shape that is formed by the back and forward buttons in the navigation toolbar has been an integral factor in the browsers identity. On the Firefox 10, this keyhole shape can only be seen when the user navigates back a page.

The new developer tools have an integrated developer panel that has a richer DOM inspector and a tool for viewing, toggling and modifying CSS properties. Add to that, former tools like web console, a JavaScript scratchpad.

The Firefox 10 can be downloaded through Mozilla’s webpage.

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