The user-privacy oriented web browser has passed ten million downloads, a huge milestone for both Brave and the BAT team
Adblockers and Private Browsing
Brave is an internet browser that focuses on the end user’s privacy online. Founded by the co-founder of Mozilla, the browser has been quickly gaining steam over the past few months. In April, the Android app had itself a little over 1.5 million downloads. Today, there are over 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store.
In terms of privacy, the browser boasts a unique feature. They offer private tabs via the Tor network, allowing users to access the deep web or surf the normal web in anonymity. The Brave team still recommends you use the official Tor browser if your well-being is on the line, but the current Tor implementation in Brave lets users poke around in the unexplored areas of the internet.
Thrilled that Brave for @Android now has over 10 million downloads! 😍 Thank you to our users for choosing to browse faster and safer, and for valuing privacy protection! https://t.co/ME6ZkOYfLx pic.twitter.com/nBmpMFEcBa
— Brave Software (@brave) August 24, 2018
Brave supports Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) in-browser. BAT tokens allow users to support the sites and content creators they visit/watch the most. In the settings of the browser, you can look and see which websites you visit the most and for how long. By funding your account with BAT tokens, you can directly pay or set up recurring payments to different sites or people.
In a recent Ask Me Anything posted on Brave’s blog, CTO and co-founder Brian Bondy discussed Brave’s future and the upcoming Brave 1.0 redesign release. u/WhaleFactory asked, “If you had to describe the visual redesign of Brave 1.0 in 3 words – what would they be?” Bondy replied:
Fast native UI.
1.0 is more about full extension support, creating a long-term no-risk maintainable code base that can easily keep up to date with new Chromium versions, better security and a more performant UI. We’ll have our own look and we’ll be doing UI work beyond our initial release.
Brave and BAT have an exciting few months ahead of them and it will be interesting to see how many people switch to a privacy-oriented browser in today’s digital world.
Are you a Brave user? What would you like to see going forward from the browser? Let us know in the comments below!
Images courtesy of ShutterStock and Twitter/@brave.