A few weeks ago a member of the xda-developer forum discovered an interesting looking web browser from China, and after translating the user interface, he released an unofficial port for English speakers. Now the original developers of the app have released an official version of the web browser with support for English.

The browser is called MIREN browser, and it has a few features that set it apart from the stock Android browser including:

  • Tabs at the top of the page making it easy to flip between open pages
  • Customizable home screen with thumbnail previews for bookmarked pages, plus links to a list of “top sites” and your history, bookmarks, and downloads.
  • Night mode which lets you choose default brightness settings for day and night

Other options let you adjust text size, decide whether or not to load images, clear your cache or enable a “bandwidth saving mode.”

While the Chinese version of the app also has links to eBook and music search tools, the English version does not. But the Top Sites page is still pretty handy, with quick links to “cool sites” including Facebookt, Twitter, Wikipedia and YouTube, as well as News, Tech, Social Networking, Video, Music, Sports, Games, Shopping, Travel, and other sites.

You can find out more about MIREN browser in the thread at the xda-developers forum.

The app is available as a free download from the forum. It’s not currently available in the Android Market.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...