Brave browser now available, bringing speed and private browsing features

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What you need to know

  • Brave Software released Brave browser today.
  • Brave Software states that Brave browser delivers a browsing experience that's three to six times faster than other browsers.
  • Brave browser includes several privacy features and a native ad-blocker.

Brave Software released Brave browser today, bringing another browsing option to people on the web. Brave browser aims to deliver a fast and privacy-focused browsing experience. It includes a native adblocker as well as many features that block tracking, autoplaying videos, and more. Brave is available for free on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

Brave Software states that Brave browser loads websites "up to 3 to 6 times faster than other browsers and introduces significant memory and battery savings on desktop and mobile." Brave browser uses "Brave Shields" to block third-party ads, trackers, and autoplay videos. People can customize these shields or turn shields off entirely for specific sites.

According to Brave Software, Brave browser uses significantly fewer resources than other browsers,

Brave saves an average of 27 seconds per page load against Chrome on macOS and 22 seconds per page against Firefox, and Brave uses 58% less data than Chrome to load those same pages. Brave also uses less memory than other browsers, with an improvement of 40% over Chrome and 47% over Firefox.

Brave browser also has a global private ad platform called Brave Ads. This platform uses blockchain-based advertising and allows people to earn Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) that can be digital assets and flat currencies. People can also choose to transfer their earned BAT to websites to compensate creators for their content. This can be set up as a recurring transfer or a one-time transfer. Brave Rewards is an optional feature.

Brave browser has been in beta for months. According to Brave Software, Brave browser has 8.7 million monthly active users around the world.

We've used Brave browser of over the last week and our initial testing shows a speedy browsing experience. We'll share a full review of the browser in the near future.

Sean Endicott
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