Other than privacy protection, Brave’s browser also promises a big speed boost. It claims pages loading almost two to four times faster than other smartphone browsers.
“Up to a whopping 60% of page load time is caused by the underlying ad technology that loads into various places each time you hit a page on your favorite news site. And 20% of this is time spent on loading things that are trying to learn more about you,” claims the company.
“Brave browsers block everything: initial signaling/analytics scripts that start the programmatic advertising “dirty pipe”, impression-tracking pixels, and ad-click confirmation signals. By default Brave will insert ads only in a few standard-sized spaces. We find those spaces via a cloud robot (so users don’t have to suffer, even a few canaries per screen size-profile, with ad delays and battery draining). We will target ads based on browser-side intent signals phrased in a standard vocabulary, and without a persistent user id or highly re-identifiable cookie,” Eich in a note posted on Brave’s website.
However, according to VentureBeat, the browser still lacks some essential features like preferences, bookmark manager and history.