After the Indian government started banning Chinese apps, many of the browsers that Indian smartphone users relied on disappeared. Mi Browser, the stock browser on Xiaomi smartphones running the MIUI operating system, and UC Browser are the two most widely used browsers. Since millions of people in the country use smartphones made by Xiaomi, this gaping hole was bound to be filled after the app was banned.
Even though Google Chrome and other popular browsers existed, Jio took advantage of the climate in India that encourages the creation of local products and services by releasing JioPages, its own browser for smartphones. They’re promoting it as the Made-in-India browser that cares about protecting users’ privacy and security online. In reality, it’s just an updated and renamed version of Jio Browser, which has been available for quite some time.
Since certain Chinese apps were prohibited due to privacy concerns, Jio is putting extra emphasis on the privacy and security features of JioPages. The performance of JioPages is said to be better than that of competing mobile browsers. JioPages relies on the Chromium Blink engine in the background.
JioPages is made with Indian users in mind and supports many Indian languages in addition to English. These languages include Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Bengali. Jio is showcasing some of JioPages’ key features, such as a custom home screen with shortcuts to frequently visited sites, the option to use Google, Bing, MSN, Yahoo!, or DuckDuckGo as the default search engine, a choice of themes (including a light and dark mode), a news feed that adapts to the user’s reading habits, a download manager with ad blocking, an incognito mode for private browsing, and an ad blocker
JioPages can be downloaded via the Google Play Store onto an Android smartphone at this time. Soon, we hope, the app will also be accessible on iOS. One annoying feature of certain preinstalled mobile browsers is the constant stream of push notifications informing you of the latest headlines. This is advertised as a “feature” on JioPages; perhaps the alerts you receive will be useful and not intrusive.
If you’re tired of using the browser you’re currently using for any reason, you can check how JioPages stacks up against other popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Brave by giving it a try.
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