Old players

  • Google Chrome / Chromium
  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Microsoft Edge

Recent ones (started around 2016)

  • Vivaldi
  • Brave

Vivaldi

Freeware.
Started by former Opera CEO Jon Stephenson Tetzchner.
Uses Blink and Node.js/React.js for UI.
1 million users as of January 2017.
For power-users: great customization and interface features.

Notable Features

  • Reader mode
  • Built-in screenshots
  • History page
    • calendar mode
    • list mode
    • etc.
  • Notes
    • takes notes and link them to a specific site.
    • supports Markdown
  • Speed dial page
    • list of website blocks
  • Bookmark manager
    • search, folders, nicknames, recycle bin
  • Quick Panel/Commands
  • Side Panel
    • Fast access to bookmarks, downloads, notes.
    • Anchor websites to open them in a small, side webpanel.
  • Tab preview, cycling, stacking, stack tiling, horizontally or vertically
  • Sessions
    • Save a set of open tabs and open them whenever you want.
  • Mouse gestures and Keyboard shortcuts
  • Color-Adaptive interface themes
  • Rewind/fastword
    • return to the first visited page of a website.
    • jump to next page in a sequence.

Personal notes

Features that I'd like to see in the future:

  • in the Quick Commands panel, ability to filter items by typing a specific character in front of a query.
    • ? search
    • > commands
    • : tabs
    • searching tabs could be the default behavior (i.e. no need to type a starting character).

References

Brave

Free, open-source.
Based on Chromium and its Blink engine.
Started by Brendan Eich.
For users looking for a private, fast and unobtrusive browsing experience.
Currently very barebone in terms of interface features.

Features

  • Block website trackers.
  • Removes intrusive advertisements
  • Brave Payments
    • Bitcoin-based micro-payments system.
    • In-browser wallet
    • Users fund their wallet every month (5$/mo as example)
    • The sum is automatically distributed across websites according to the time spent and number of visits.

Personal notes

The micro-payments system sounds very interesting. I'd like to see it implemented in other browsers.

About using this browser on a desktop/laptop: I think it is too barebone currently to enjoyably do so. However, I'll take a look at it on mobile.

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