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Brave browser hands on review with the early build

Brave browser hands on review with the early build

by AshwinJanuary 30, 2016

Brave browser is a new web browser for computers and smart phones, developed by a team headed  by Brendan Eich, the creator of the JavaScript programming language and the former CEO and co-founder of Mozilla.
Brave Browser UI

He quit the non-profit organisation a few years ago, and is back with yet another cool software.

Brave browser is open source, and of course free. The speciality of Brave is that it comes with a built-in ad blocker. So websites will load much faster.

And if that isn’t special enough, wait till you hear this. It has a unique feature, something which you may not have imagined.

Brave not only blocks ads, it also replaces the with less obtrusive ads. The revenue from these ads is split into three portions. 55% of this would be given to the websites (like blogs for example), but Brave also intends to pay 15% of the ad revenue to the browser’s users through BitGo (A Bit Coin Wallet).

Brave browser Hands On:

The browser’s installer file is a massive one at 130 MB. My only complaint is that Brave browser uses Chromium’s source code. Not that it is a bad thing, Brendan Eich as a co-founder of Mozilla, he should have used Firefox’s source code.

Now, the browser doesn’t look much like Chrome. It has a huge address bar in the top of the screen, right in the middle. To the extreme left of the URL bar. are the back and forward buttons, which have beautiful icons for the same.

The address bar transforms into a title bar, hiding the refresh and bookmark buttons. Interestingly the URL bar also has a timer which displays the time taken for the webpage to load, which is a pretty cool one.

Brave Browser URL Bar Timer

In the top right corner, just below the lion logo of Brave, is the menu button with the tab, window and print options. It also houses a “Bravery Menu”. This option allows you to block ads completely, replace ads (using the system explained above), allow ads and tracking.

Brave Browser Bravery Menu

Brave uses HTTPS everywhere, and should you find it slowing you down, you can disable it from the Bravery menu. Two grayed out options are there, one for blocking pop-ups  (it is enabled though), and one for blocking third-[arty cookies, which the browser says is coming soon.

Ironically, the browser does not support add-ons or extensions. In fact there isn’t a bookmarks setting, or any options at all. The browser is still at a very early stage. You can use your mouse to middle-click on a tab to close it.

You can download Brave Browser from the official website, for Windows and Mac OS X. Brave browser will also be released for iOS, Android and Linux operating systems as well.

Brave browser is currently only available for Windows 64-bit computers. Oh, and if your installation of Brave browser is missing the Bravery Menu, you are probably using version 0.7.10. Update to 0.7.11 from the Git Hub repository to get the option.