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#265628 1-Feb-2020 17:30
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What is the best browser, in terms of ease of use and especially navigation, for an android box with remote and mouse functions but no touch screen? I have tried some, including Chrome, but they are all a pain to use.  Does anyone have a favourite?

 

 

 

 





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  #2411209 1-Feb-2020 17:38
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Is the New Microsoft Edge available for your device? I am using it on my Samsung phone as the default browser and it is very good. 





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  #2411237 1-Feb-2020 18:16
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I don't know but my experience with phone apps in general has been that they are a real pain without a touchscreen. I would be pleasantly surprised if the Edge was any different but I will check it out. Thanks.

 

 





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  #2411258 1-Feb-2020 19:36
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Puffin is the "best" Android TV browser. I'm not sure how it'll perform on a Chinese mutant TV box. Running a brower on a tv connected android box is sucky at best and android tv is no better. It's just not built for that use case.



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  #2411262 1-Feb-2020 20:06
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Thanks. I get that but would like to try anyway. I use the box to watch TV in bed but I would like  to be able to check GZ and the odd other site from time to time without having having to go to the computer. I do have a laptop but sometimes it would just be handier if I could do it with Android. I'm not planning on making this my main browser device.

 

 





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Opera is by far and away the best mobile browser. Their desk top browser is pretty damn good too. They're all I use.




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  #2411270 1-Feb-2020 21:05
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Opera browser is the best. It's fast, correctly resize and reflow websites - something that neither Chrome or Edge can do (since Google thinks the mobile engine should not be doing reflow, despite the horrible experience this gives on Chromium-based browsers).





 

 

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  #2411299 1-Feb-2020 23:01
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OK, I decided to start with Opera because of the glowing recommendations.

 

1. I can't log in no matter what I do. The login button remains greyed out.

 

2. I can't scroll down the page. Apparently I need a touch screen for that.

 

3. Display is cut off to the right, though not a great deal.

 

I will keep looking.

 

 

 

 





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  #2411306 1-Feb-2020 23:45
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And... I just tried Puffin and I get a CAPTCHA error. I guess I may have to just stick with Chrome.





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  #2411319 2-Feb-2020 06:08
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Mozilla have a few Android browsers. Their main offering is Firefox (org.mozilla.firefox) which is what I use most often. I also have the smaller, privacy-oriented Firefox Focus (org.mozilla.focus) installed as my default browser, for clicking on links in other apps such as email. There is also Firefox Lite (org.mozilla.rocket) which I have not tried.


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you could try Brave





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  #2411328 2-Feb-2020 08:33
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I use Firefox on my Fire TV.




 

 

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I did have Firefox installed but wasn't using it much. I may go back to it. @Freitasm: How do I get past the CAPTCHA to log in? I also ran into it with Edge. I assume browser ad-blocking is getting in the way but I don't know how to turn that off in the Android browser. I don't know if it is even possible.

 

 





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  #2411341 2-Feb-2020 09:54
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What device are you using this browser on?

On Opera you can explicitly disallow ad blockers per domain.




 

 

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  #2411381 2-Feb-2020 10:03
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The device is a generic Android box running 6.0. I bought it off AliExpress for around $30. It does what it is designed to do fairly well. I just use it in the bedroom, some Android apps but mostly Kodi. 

 

I would like to be able to use Opera, but as mentioned above, it is not compatible. The biggest problem is it won't let me scroll down the page. I have this with a lot with phone apps. The other browsers I have tried don't have that issue but none of them, including Opera, will let me log into GZ.

 

 





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  #2411383 2-Feb-2020 10:09
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Is it running Android or Android TV? Is the store showing phone apps or TV apps?

Have you tried using a keyboard with trackpad via USB (if it has a USB port)?




 

 

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