Google has a useful incognito feature built in to its Chrome web browser. It’s a bit surprising that they left a similar feature out of Android’s stock browser. Those using the Cyanogen mods have the feature bundled directly in the firmware, but there’s nothing for those who go the “safer” route…that is, until InBrowser.
InBrowser is delivered in a small 23kb package. Taking a look at the application overall, the functions appear to be very basic. There are the expected back and forward buttons and a “go” button. You can reload the page using an option located on the pop-up menu at the bottom (or the home page). Once back at the home page it’s like you never browsed at all, all traces are gone – no history and no cookies. To provide even more security, the browser offers a cloaking feature to fool websites into thinking that you are using another browser. This behavior is achieved by imitating an agent (browser) – the default Android browser, Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer. This is a great solution for Android users who want to use online banking or want to browse unmonitored.
This isn’t the perfect app, though. To begin with, playing Flash led to a few difficulties and occasionally crashed the browser. A problem with the Flash plugin shouldn’t crash the app. Saving pictures is a problem too… you can’t do it. Then there are little issues like that the logo is a straight lift of Chrome. Agreed, this isn’t an issue with the functionality of the browser, but it has an impact on its perception, leading some users to believe that it is a cheap copy of Chrome and others to think that it is in some way affiliated to Google.
The little size means that it lacks on features, unfortunately. The brighter side is that it isn’t bloated with useless options, and is instead streamlined for a specific function. Also, it’s free, so we can’t really complain. InBrowser is the best incognito web browser available for stock Android at the moment, and we would recommend you download it for those times when you just don’t want anyone to know what you have been up to.
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