YouTube in the background + Adblocker + Chrome + Lion Icon + Android = Brave Browser.
While I am an old Mozilla and FOSS software fan, I never enjoyed their browser on my Android device, so I used Opera a period and then Chrome. Since I have received the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade on my Nexus 5x, I was not able to use the Suamp music player anymore and so, I needed to look for an alternative that permitted me to minimize the app I used for listening music on YouTube.
The quest has ended when i stumbled upon Brave Browser, a free Chromium-based, cross-platform browser that uses a lion on its icon.
I like Brave Browser for three reasons:
- it allows you to minimize the browser or to close the screen and to still listen to music on YouTube or other streaming services – this has to be enabled from Settings -> Site Settings -> Media -> video in background – enable.
- it has an integrated adblocking module – malwaretising is replaced with Brave ads, but the browser splits the money received from ads with the developers, the site the ad is displayed, the sponsors and the users, which can donate the money to their favorite bloggers or youtubers.
- it uses the Chrome engine, which is the best browser engine for Android (personal opinion)
Besides this, the browser has a HTTPS everywhere module integrated, which switches to the HTTPS versions of the sites, if they are available.
I am using the Brave Browser on both my Nexus 5x and my Samsung J5 and it works like a charm. I have decided to test it after reading this article on KnowYourMobile. The browser can be downloaded for free for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the official site and is available of Google Play Store and Apple iTunes, for mobile devices.