Brave Software recently debuted an update to its web browser. The company says the new version of its open source, privacy-centric browser comes with enhanced speed and a revamped Basic Attention Token (BAT) rewards paradigm.
New Update Shows 22 Percent Faster Load Times
In an announcement published on Thursday (October 18, 2018), the company revealed the launch of the new update which is already available for download from the browser’s website. According to the company, the latest update marks a departure from the Muon-based platform to be based on Chromium – a Google open source web browser development platform.
Brave says this move to Chromium is part of the roadmap to the release of the stable Brave 1.0. However, the company still envisages a few versions before Brave 1.0 will be ready for rollout to its users. The new update comes with multiple crash fixes as well as several updates including private search engine, localization updates, and loading PDF files as web pages.
The new update also comes with enhanced speed. According to the announcement, the latest release has load time that is 22 percent faster than the previous version. The company says this increase in load time represents about eight to twelve seconds of faster page loading speeds on certain websites.
New Brave Rewards Paradigm
Apart from faster loading time, the latest Brave browser update comes with a revamped BAT rewards paradigm. According to the announcement:
Brave Rewards replaces Brave Payments with improved usability, more visibility, and new features. With this release, Brave Rewards enters beta. We look forward to getting your feedback on this redesigned approach.
BAT is currently ranked 39th according to market capitalization with a price of $0.24 at the time of writing this article.
Serious About Data Privacy
Recently, Brave took the fight to Google in the UK and Ireland over data privacy issues. Since inception, the company has remained resolute in its mandate of ensuring total internet privacy, championing premium ad-blocking.
As part of the fight against Google and other Internet companies, Brave alleges that they are careless with user data. According to Brave, these companies allow third parties access to sensitive data used to drive targeted ads which are a breach of privacy.
As a testament to the browser’s popularity, it announced that it had reached over 10 million downloads on the Android platform in August 2018. This figure was significant given that in April, total downloads stood at 1.5 million.
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