Stable Version Of Tor Browser For Android Now Available On Play Store

Joanna Estrada
May 22, 2019

After eight months of testing, a stable release for the Tor browser has arrived on the Play Store.

"Mobile browsing is increasing around the world, and in some parts, it is commonly the only way people access the internet", wrote the Tor Project. While it had been possible to connect to Tor from a smartphone using the Orbot/Orfox app, it now comes built directly into the official browser-you no longer need to install the mobile proxy app Orbot separately.

The Android version of TOR Browser is based on the same approach as the original desktop sibling, and it's supposed to block trackers, keep users protected against surveillance, resist fingerprinting, and maintain a high level of privacy using advanced systems like multi-layered encryption.

The interface is as simple as it could be, and while features like the ones you typically find in browsers from Google and Mozilla are missing, it's important to keep in mind that the objective of Tor Browser is to keep your privacy untouched when browsing the web, regardless of website. To do that, it bounces off requests through intermediate computers (relays) before reaching the destination. The browser is now available on Android, but an iOS may never see the light of day, according to the Tor Project. So, I'll recommend you to give the Android version a go.

The group behind the Tor browser believes that browsing is increasingly mobile, and numerous Tor browser users now need to be able to use the browser on their mobile devices, too.

The Tor browser will continue to be missing from the iOS platform for the foreseeable future, as Apple continues to restrict all third-party browsers from using anything but the company's Webkit rendering engine as well as the firm's JavaScript engine.

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