There is another browser for Android users in their Play Store. It is from Amazon and the app is called Internet. Amazon didn’t make any loud announcements about this move but it has now come to light. The browser has been developed as a very light one, occupying just 2MB space and that is the USP of Amazon’s browser that it will consume less space.
The browser is also being promoted as one that does not seek any extra permissions from you does not capture data that the other browsers are known to do. Any smartphone or device that has Android 6 (Marshmallow) and above can download and use the Internet.
There are many features in the Amazon browser that is common with popular browsers such as Google Chrome. These include a Home page that displays the latest news headlines; you can get tab previews, full screen mode and private browsing, like the incognito window that wipes away the browsing history are also provided.
It is surmised that the Internet browser app has been developed by Amazon’s Indian arm as the feedback mail seemed to point to that. There have also been some reports of the browser app not working on some of the later versions of Android, like 7 and 8.
Amazon had earlier also released a lighter browser app, the Kindle Lite, which is also less than 2MB in space and is meant to be a dedicated browser for reading Kindle e-books.
The slower internet speeds in many Indian towns and rural areas has prompted these companies to develop these browsers that can work with ease in these conditions. Facebook has Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite and Google has Google Go, including for running the Maps application. Google offers these lighter versions as a pre-loaded feature on devices which run on Android Go, the stripped down OS it offers for the benefit of low end phones.