Reliance Industries, the parent company of Reliance Jio Infocomm silently introduced a new app, namely, JioBrowser in Google Play Store. As the name itself suggests, the JioBrowser is a browser app developed by Reliance Industries and it’s said to be ‘Fast, Lite & Indian Language support.’ The current version of the app is 1.3.4 and it requires Android devices running Lollipop 5.0 and above. It’s light in weight at 4.8MB (size varies with your smartphone) and offers support in eight Indian languages. The application is very light, so it may not have all the features of Google Chrome or UC Web browser, but it has all the basic functionalities such as quick access to top sites, private browsing and the home screen displays various news articles across the web.
JioBrowser: Features Explained
The JioBrowser app can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store. The application opened up real quick during the first boot and it has four tabs on the home screen. The first tab is the Home itself which displays quick sites such as MyJio, BookMyShow, AJio and so on. Next to Home tab, we have a News Feed section which displays news articles across various categories- Entertainment, Politics, Sports and so on.
The third tab is a Videos tab which of course displays videos from various portals. The last tab with a big ‘Like’ icon has all the quick sites such as Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and other popular sites.
On the bottom, we have the back and front options which allow users to get through a website. There’s a Home Button along with Bookmarks menu and opened tabs button.
As mentioned, the JioBrowser app also has an Incognito mode which lets users to privately browse. Now the biggest feature which Jio will be touting is Indian language support. As mentioned above, the JioBrowser app has support for eight Indian languages. Once changed, the entire JioBrowser will display the content in selected language. At first boot, the app asks you to set the preferred language. If you want to change the language in the future, you can do that by heading over to Settings. The eight languages are Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarathi, Bengali and Tamil. The browser also allows you to manually customise text size.
Jio Seeks Feedback from its Users
The JioBrowser is currently available only to Android users running version Lollipop 5.0 and above. The app is still in nascent stages, but it will get better over the period of time. Jio is also seeking feedback from users to improve the application. The JioBrowser app takes on other lightweight browser apps such as UC Browser Mini, Opera Touch and so on. The addition of Indian language support will draw a lot of attention to the JioBrowser application.