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The one thing that makes Microsoft Edge for Android worth trying

Microsoft Edge is finally available for Android devices, after making a beta debut on iOS a week ago. I downloaded the large (54 MB) app for the Galaxy S8 to see if the browser stood out from the rest.

First, I want to say I use Firefox Focus as my default browser. “Browse, clean, repeat”; I like the fact that I can erase my search history with the tap of a button. Not that I have anything to hide, but gives me peace of mind knowing no one can spy on my internet moves.

Microsoft Edge for Android is not that different from other options out there. You get the search bar and a favorite list tab, as well a private session option, and you can too view a full version of a mobile website.

But the one thing that makes Microsoft Edge stand out from other Android browsers is the reading view. It’s so easy to activate it; like Safari on iOS, you tap the reading icon next to the search bar and get a simple version of an article ­– no ads, no clutter. I haven´t found a mobile browser on Android that lets you access a reading view without any fuss.

Similar to iCloud on iPhone and iPad, you can see the websites you have open on your desktop computer, on your phone, but I haven´t been able to try this feature as I have Internet Explorer on my work PC, not Edge.

Microsoft Edge is still in beta, and who knows how long Microsoft will keep the browser in that way, but the good thing is you can try it now on your phone or tablet. Please, make sure you leave your ideas and comments below and thank you for reading  eliaspelcastre.com.