Brave Web Browser has already reached massive adoption around the globe, but I have a feeling the rest is still in front.
So let’s start with some web browser market share data that I got from encounter: (Updated 2020 May)
You might have a question if brave has already reached mass adoption and even is the most downloaded browser in Japan, why doesn’t it show up in the charts? It’s because these websites that are gathering statistics don’t know that you are using Brave.
Brave, for now, use Chrome user-agent (desktop and Android) and Firefox user-agent (iOS), to “hide” it’s users.
So every site that you visit will think that you’re using Chrome/Firefox and not Brave.
Brave has 8 million active monthly users (2019, October). Brave’s team has announced that they have more than 10 million downloads on Android. 20% of them come from Desktop and 80% on mobile.
Update on May 2020:
In April 2020 Brave has reached 13.9M monthly active users and 4.8M daily active users. According to their CEO Brendan Eich Tweet.
Ads and Ad Blocking
Brave’s Browser has a built-in ad blocker that blocks all of the ads even all the trackers like Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics. If you don’t like ads you’re pretty safe with Brave. It’s also FREE.
But keep in my mind more and more agencies and companies use the content as advertising, so just because Forbes, CBS News or Buzzfeed has a post about Why Apple is better than Microsoft doesn’t mean it’s not an ad. They all are sell-outs. If you have a couple of hundreds or thousands(depending on the website) you can buy a post about your business or whatever. That’s how it works. Just FYI. So you can’t really get rid of those ads.
Google Ad-Block Extension
If you don’t like ads, you can just install Ad Blockers on Google Chrome, which will get rid of all the trackers and ads as well. Wrong! If you’re using an extension such as Adblock Plus you will still see Google Ads. Google is paying fees to AdBlock Plus. Which is a fun fact to know.
To be completely fair, then Google has also created a program for people who are annoyed by ads and it’s called – Google contributor (it’s still in Beta) It allows people to pay a monthly fee to avoid seeing ads and compensates sites for the resulting lost revenue.
Whose ad blocking is better Chrome or Brave?
I’ll give this one to Brave. Both web browser offers the consumer to turn off the ads and rewards the content creator. Brave offers it for free, Google offers a paid version. I honestly never heard of Google Contributor program, before I did my research, so I doubt a lot of people are using it. Also, Brave’s ad block is a lot more convenient. One-click and you’re done and of course more economical.
Which Browser is faster? Google Chrome of Brave?
According to Brave’s Research their browser is a lot faster than Chrome.
seems a bit exaggerated, right? At least to me.
Here’s a video from Brave, that compares Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Brave’s speed.
Here’s another one Safari vs Brave
But all of this information is coming from Brave, so not really that reliable, eh?
Let’s check for ourselves.
These are the browser settings I used for Brave
This is the most important feature for Brave Browser if you want it to load super fast. The way they accomplish their speed is by blocking all the trackers and scripts, which makes the sites load almost instantly.
Brave Browser vs Google Chrome
Brave’s Browser is faster and even faster if you enable scripts blocking. Keep in mind if you enable scripts blocking and even in some cases cross-site trackers are blocked the website won’t load or it just won’t load on 100%. So if you’ve trouble browsing some videos or content, just turn off the shields.
Let’s compare how fast does Google Chrome loads with and without AdBlock.
|No Ad Block||Ad Block|
That’s interesting that the website loads longer with Adblock on. Not trying to make any conspiracy theories, but…
Brave is definitely faster. But I would deduct points for exaggerating things. It’s not 4-8 times faster than Chrome. Not even close. People don’t like to be lied to and if you’re saying our Browser is x8 times faster, you better deliver. Just go with ”Faster” next time. No one appreciates a false advertisement. Seriously.
Brave Browser vs Mozilla Firefox
I would be really surprised if Mozilla Firefox would be faster then Brave. You don’t create a new browser (Brandan Eich is founder for Mozilla & Brave) unless you know you can make a better one.
Brave Browser vs Opera
Opera already has a small market share and it definitely has some great features, but I assume Opera users might decide with Brave after reading this article since some of the unique features they offer are also available in Brave.
I was really surprised that there’s such a huge difference between browsers and websites they load. I don’t know how you can explain this, but if you know the answer, please, leave a comment below.
Disclaimer: I Refreshed the page multiple times to get the best possible load time.
Why the results may vary? From different bloggers/vloggers and reviewers and even your own tests? It all depends on the settings you have set for your browser. If you would block Scripts the website would load a lot faster, but also the internet connection might affect the page load time.
You will save money using Brave Browser
If you’re using Brave Browser on your mobile and are connected to your mobile data then you can actually save your data, meaning you save money.
These are the estimates on how much you could save by using Brave. Estimates are taken from Brave’s site.
The same would go for Chrome if you would use Google Contributor, you would save some money on data, but you will still have to pay the contributors fee. Maybe you can save $1-$2 on that, maybe someone someday will do a research on that. Right now I don’t have any data regarding that.
I guess at the end of the day it’s all subjective. But I’m going with Brave. It’s faster and it’s trying to improve the advertising industry by giving back to content creators and rewarding the consumer for their inconvenience. I guess I’ve always liked the underdog, but there are some objective reasons also why I’m switching to Brave which I already stated above.
If I have to list down why I switched to Brave, it would go like this:
- It’s faster
- No ads
- Saves time
- Customer service
- Options (ads or no ads)
- Contribution to content creators
Regarding the customer service I noticed they take care of their users, they are actively responding to all queries in their forum – https://community.brave.com/ and also on Twitter. I’ve been following one of their team members on Twitter – Sampson, he’ s been very active by responding to all of the user’s problems. I admire him for having such a huge tolerance. So if you have a bug on your browser feel free to reach out and they will fix the issue if there is one.
Brave Browser – Mass Adaption
For common web surfers, these already should be good enough reasons to switch to brave. But for skeptical minds…These are probably not good enough reasons that will bring mass adoption, right? Well, you’re not wrong, because there’s another feature that’s the killer one in my opinion.
Users that use Brave Browser will have the option to view ads and in return, they will receive BAT(Basic Attention Token). These Tokens can be exchanged for Euro, U.S Dollars, or any other fiat currency or cryptocurrency you have in mind.
According to Brave’s team (Reddit AMA) they mentioned that they are expecting an average user to be earning ~$220 (U.S Dollars) per year using Brave Browser by just watching ads. You can also earn up to $7.5 in Basic Attention Token for referring your friend based on the region your recruit lives. More on that – here.
Some might say that $10-$15 dollars per month won’t change anything significant in their lives. I get that. But it’s still better than nothing? You basically can afford one meal per month from BAT income. Let’s imagine countries like India, Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, South Korea, Vietnam etc. All the countries that aren’t the leaders in economics, no offense.
For some people(especially teenagers) all over the world, $10 per month is a significant amount of money. There are hundreds of thousands of searches every single month for “Passive Income, Making Money Online” etc.. There are thousands of groups on Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, and Forums that are covering topics like “small passive incomes”. A couple of clicks away to earn extra income, just by changing your web browser? That’s faster than your previous one? It seems like a no-brainer. You make money and get a faster internet browser in return. That’s a steal.
Brave in 2020 June, has 15 monthly active users and 5.5 million daily active users.
Braves Snowball Effect
This is where BAT(Basic Attention Token) can change the game, an essentially passive way of earning a significant amount of side money, and a referral program that gives extra money if your friends join the party. Once BAT ads get released to the mass public(it’s in beta version), it won’t even take a month before almost everyone within these communities will be using it. These users will then spread the word to their friends and family, because who doesn’t like passive income? Especially from the countries I already mentioned. They don’t have to change anything in their lives, except their internet browser. The media will likely jump on as well, with click-bait titles like “This browser will pay you to browse the internet” or “Is this crypto company the Google killer?”. In other words, everybody will be talking about it. That’s probably an emotional reason, but there are also rational reasons for tech-savvy audience that we already discussed.
There are some decent arguments from Brave’s team why their browser is better than Chrome. It’s faster, you can save up time and money and make some extra income for browsing some ads. I believe the world is full of shillers that are looking to earn quick bucks. Especially in these communities. (no offense) but if you think from a different perspective…who will want to show ads for this specific group of people? Exactly! No one! But they don’t know that! Meaning it won’t stop them from downloading Brave and using it. I mean…you don’t buy Mercedes and then go back to Toyota, right?
That’s the only part that bugs me for now. I don’t believe it will be possible to earn $200 per month in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, or any other tier-2 country (economically speaking), since not that many companies want to show ads to them since they know already the results. Besides all that I believe that it will bring the mass adoption of Brave’s Browser will disrupt the advertising industry and things will change, for the better, hopefully.
P.S I wasn’t paid to write this, these are just my 2 cents on the matter. But I will leave a shameless affiliate link below and in case you will download Brave I’ll be paid up to $7.5 in commission(depending on your region) if you will use it at least for a month, so there’s a button below if that’s okay with you.
I’m also Brave Verified if you want to leave a tip in BAT, feel free.
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