Chrome is one of the great pillars of Android, but its performance has never been new. Other browsers such as Samsung Browser give better performance, thanks to plug-ins, block content.
Chrome has been present on Android since February 7, 2012, the date on which Google launched its mobile beta. Given its success at the desk, the public was looking forward to a version for the small screens of the smartphones of the time. Previously, Android had a browser, it worked well and was part of the Android Open Source Project, the open part of the system available to anyone who wants to compile it.
That browser had an old look, it did not have too many features, and it was not a big competitor of the pioneer, mobile Safari, but it worked very well on any hardware, for what was expected of it. With the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google stopped including it in the system, giving way to the stable version of Chrome. That movement was the beginning of a very poor web performance in millions of Android terminals. Even in releases as bright as the Nexus 4, the catch was Chrome. “Search for another browser”, was a typical comment in reviews and analysis of the smartphone in blogs, forums and social networks.
It’s been a long time, yes, but Chrome is still a problem for the ecosystem, so refined in other ways. As a Google tool, it has all our data, our history and synchronised passwords, but the performance of loading webs and scrolling is still poor, even in high-end terminals. In principle there are no alternatives, it comes pre-installed in each Android terminal sold in the West, but fortunately, the Play Store has many options.
Which is recommended? Considering the problem of data leakage that exists, and that browsers control too much information, I am using Samsung Browser. Yes, Samsung has opened its Galaxy’s browser for any Android and is based on Chromium, the open version of Chrome. As a browser it is very well optimised in terms of performance and energy efficiency, it has very convenient gestures to change tabs, and unlike Chrome, it integrates content blockers that speed up the loading of webs while saving data.
Also, thanks to a recently released plug-in, it allows you to synchronise bookmarks with the desktop version of Chrome, so the best of both worlds converge here. Although as a user you have not felt that Chrome is going bad, it is good to give an opportunity to some alternative (there are many), since they are night and day. If you do not want to change, you can only wait for Google to be able to optimise your browser for millions of different devices.