I am currently using Firefox on Android, but it is really unnecessarily slow. For instance, whenever I open a page from another app it seems to first load the page I had last seen, before even attempting to load the page I want to open. Loading the Software Recommendations website takes more than 10 seconds on a Nexus 5 (yes rather old phone but I am sure a 2.26 GHz quad-core with 2GB RAM can do better).

So I am looking for another web browser.


  • Fast even on 5-year old phones and 2019 low-end phones. When clicking a link to Software Recommendation from another app such as GMail, the page should load in less than 10 seconds, the faster the better.
  • 100% open source.
  • As close to W3C standards as possible.
  • Bookmarks, history, "request desktop site" features.
  • Runs on Android 7.1.2+
  • Interestingly, Firefox Focus loads the Software Recommendations website in under 2 seconds on an old smartphone. It meets all your requirements except having bookmarks and history, so I didn't put it as an answer. Jan 10, 2019 at 4:17
  • @RockPaperLizard: Nice, I did not know about that product, great news! I really need bookmarks and history though. I guess that if a privacy browser can be fast, then a browser with a bit more caching might be even faster :-)
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jan 10, 2019 at 4:37
  • When you say it requires "history", would forward and back buttons suffice, or do you need a history list where you can see the URL and/or page title of recently visited websites? I'm guessing the latter, but I think I found an answer if it's the former! Jan 10, 2019 at 9:50
  • @RockPaperLizard: Either a list, or preferably URL autocompletion based on previously visited websites. I need that because there are many websites that I visit several times, for instance GitHub projects, and finding them via a search engine again would take much more time.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jan 10, 2019 at 14:05

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Try Lightning web browser which is licensed under MPL (Mozilla Public License) 2.0. When I was having an old phone I used to use this one works nice.

Lightweight web browser with following features:

  • Fast Start Times
  • Small Footprint
  • Smooth Scrolling
  • Long-press a tab to delete it
  • Long-press the back button to exit the browser
  • Ad blocker

The App size is only 2.2MB

Here are some screen-shots:

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On a comparable phone (Samsung Galaxy S5) I load this site in under 3 seconds in Firefox. The likely difference is I'm using the uBlock Origin and uMatrix extensions. Javascript, especially that used by ads, is likely the culprit. Filtering it out can greatly improve your experience.

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